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Noel Rock (born 11 November 1987) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North-West constituency since the 2016 general election.[1]

Noel Rock

Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyDublin North-West
Personal details
Born (1987-11-11) 11 November 1987 (age 31)
Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Alma materDublin City University
Websitenoelrock.ie

Early life and careerEdit

Rock was born in Dublin and grew up in the Ballymun and Glasnevin areas, where he was raised by his mother and grandparents.[2] He was educated at Our Lady of Victories National Boys' School, Ballymun and St. Aidan's CBS in Whitehall. He graduated from Dublin City University, where he was the chair of the university's branch of Young Fine Gael.[3] He remains an active member of Young Fine Gael.

While studying at DCU, Rock interned with then US Senator Hillary Clinton as a legislative intern focusing on foreign policy. He later interned in Iowa with her 2008 Presidential campaign ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. He welcomed Clinton to DCU for a speech in 2012. He has also worked as an assistant manager for the Washington-Ireland Program and as a press assistant with the European Parliament. Following his graduation from DCU he worked in communications for a startup cloud computing company.

Rock first ran for a seat on the Dublin City Council in 2009, and was the last candidate deemed to not be elected in his LEA.In 2011 he was a campaign organiser for John Paul Phelan's which successfully sought to elect Phelan to Dáil Éireann for Carlow–Kilkenny, where he topped the poll. Rock has also worked as a secretarial assistant for Catherine Noone, a Senator on the Industrial and Commercial Panel.

Dublin City CouncilEdit

After unsuccessfully contesting the Ballymun LEA in the 2009 election, Rock once more ran for the seat in the 2014 local elections. Despite a poor showing by Fine Gael nationwide, Rock won the election and took the third seat in a seven-seat constituency.[4] During the 2014 election, Rock made a "No Expense Pledge" where he would not take the €36,000 allowance given to councillors.[5]

He was elected to the Dáil at the 2016 general election.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Noel Rock". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ "About Noel". Noel Rock. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ "DCU Young Fine Gael Committee". Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Noel Rock". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ "My No Expenses Pledge". Noel Rock. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Election 2016: Noel Rock". RTÉ News. 28 February 2016.

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