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Eoghan Murphy (born 23 April 1982) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government since June 2017. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Bay South constituency since 2016, and previously from 2011 to 2016 for the Dublin South-East constituency. He previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Finance from 2016 to 2017.[1]

Eoghan Murphy

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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government
Assumed office
14 June 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded bySimon Coveney
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
In office
19 May 2016 – 14 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded bySimon Harris
Succeeded byPatrick O'Donovan
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyDublin Bay South
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
ConstituencyDublin South-East
Personal details
Eoghan Murphy

(1982-04-23) 23 April 1982 (age 37)
Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
RelationsKillian Scott (Brother)
EducationSt Michael's College, Dublin
Alma mater

Life and careerEdit

Murphy attended St Michael's College. He went onto study at University College Dublin (BA, English & Philosophy), and King's College London (MA, International Relations).[2]

Prior to entering politics, Murphy worked in international arms control, specifically in the area of nuclear weapons disarmament. He has worked for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva, Switzerland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, and before his election to Dublin City Council, he was working as a speechwriter for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna, Austria.[3]

He was a Dublin City Councillor from 2009 to 2011, having been elected at the 2009 local elections for the PembrokeRathmines electoral area.[4]

Murphy does not believe that Ireland's constitutional commitment to military neutrality is realistic, and supports ending the "triple lock" in its current form, whereby any permanent member of the United Nations Security Council such as Russia or China has the power to veto Irish military deployments to peacekeeping operations overseas.[5] Murphy sat on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Banking Inquiry in the 31st Dail.

On 19 May 2016, Murphy was appointed as Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform in the Government of the 32nd Dáil.[6]

Following Leo Varadkar's appointment as Taoiseach, Murphy was promoted to cabinet, as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in June 2017.

Murphy supported a yes vote to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution on 25 May 2018.

On 27 September 2018, Murphy survived a motion of no confidence which had been tabled by Sinn Féin. The motion was defeated by 59 to 49 votes.


  1. ^ "Eoghan Murphy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Vote Murphy #1" (PDF). Eoghan Murphy. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Eoghan Murphy". Fine Gael. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Eoghan Murphy".
  5. ^ "Dáil Debate on Neutrality Bill" (PDF). Eoghan Murphy TD. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ Collins, Stephen (19 May 2016). "Taoiseach appoints 16 Fine Gael TDs as junior ministers". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 May 2016.

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