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Patrick Breen (born 21 March 1957) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection since June 2017. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Clare constituency since 2002. He previously served as Minister of State for Employment and Small Business from 2016 to 2017.[1]

Pat Breen

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Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection
Assumed office
20 June 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byNew office
Minister of State for Employment and Small Business
In office
19 May 2016 – 20 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byGed Nash
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2002
ConstituencyClare
Personal details
Born
Patrick Breen

(1957-03-21) 21 March 1957 (age 62)
Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Ann McInerney (m. 1993)
Children2
Alma materLimerick Institute of Technology

Having been a member of Clare County Council and the Vocational Educational Committee from June 1999 to May 2002, Breen was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election.[2] He was the Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee and is deputy leader of the Irish Delegation to the Council of Europe.

While Fine Gael were in opposition, Breen was the Fine Gael deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, with special responsibility for Human Rights and Overseas Development Aid; and deputy Spokesperson on Transport and Enterprise, and Enterprise, Trade and Employment, with special responsibility for Small Business. He has also served as a member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, the Privileges and Procedures Committee, the House Services Committee and the Committee on Enterprise and Small Business.

In May 2016, he was appointed Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, until he was appointed Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection in June 2017.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pat Breen". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Pat Breen". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 1 September 2009.

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