Andrew Doyle (born 2 July 1960) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture since May 2016. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wicklow constituency since 2007.
|Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture|
|Assumed office |
19 May 2016
|Preceded by||Tom Hayes|
|Assumed office |
|Born||2 July 1960|
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Spouse(s)||Ann Smith (m. 1988)|
|Alma mater||Rockwell Agricultural College|
Early life and educationEdit
Doyle graduated from Rockwell Agricultural College, in County Tipperary, in 1978, and as a young farmer in 1981, he won the Stephen Cullinane Scholarship to New Zealand, where he played rugby in Canterbury.
He has been a member of Fine Gael since 1983, and first sought election to Wicklow County Council in the East Wicklow electoral area, where he served from 1999 to 2007, and was Chairman of the Council from 2005 to 2006. He was elected to Oireachtas as a member of the 30th Dáil, on his first attempt at the 2007 general election. During his first term in the Dáil, he was party Spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from July 2010 to March 2011, having previously served as deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture, with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture from 2007 to 2010. He was re-elected to the 31st Dáil at the 2011 general election, topping the poll in the constituency, and was re-elected for the third time at the 2016 general election.
Doyle has introduced two private members' bills in the Dáil. He introduced legislation entitled the 'Food (Fair Trade and Information) Bill 2009' to provide in the interests of the common good for the prohibition of activities which prevent, restrict or distort fair trade in grocery goods in the State. The bill was not enacted. He also introduced the 'Electoral (Amendment) (Hours of Polling) Bill' in 2013, to set voting hours for Dáil elections, Dáil by-elections, Presidential elections, European Parliament elections, Local Government elections and Referendums.
As Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, he also produced the first ever parliamentary report on the Offshore Oil and Gas sector in 2012, which called for a new fiscal licensing regime in Offshore Oil and Gas exploration off the coast of Ireland. As part of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013, he hosted a conference in Dublin Castle with EU member states Parliamentary Agriculture Committee Chairs from all 27 countries, engaging parliamentarians with speakers such as the European Commissioner for Agriculture, and then Romanian Prime Minister, Dacian Ciolos and the European Commissioner for Fisheries, Maria Damanaki.
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