Heather Humphreys

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Heather Humphreys

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Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation
Assumed office
30 November 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byLeo Varadkar (acting)
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
In office
14 June 2017 – 30 November 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byJosepha Madigan
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
In office
6 May 2016 – 14 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byNew Office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
In office
11 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byJimmy Deenihan
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
ConstituencyCavan–Monaghan
Personal details
Born
Heather Amber Stewart

(1963-05-14) 14 May 1963 (age 55)[1]
Drum, County Monaghan, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Eric Humphreys (m. 1996)
Children2
Alma materNUI Galway
Websiteheatherhumphreys.ie

Heather Amber Humphreys (born 14 May 1963) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation since November 2017. She has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency since 2011.

She previously served as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from June 2017 to November 2017, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2016 to 2017 and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from 2014 to 2016.[2]

Early life

Humphreys was born in the village of Drum, County Monaghan. Raised as a Presbyterian, her father is a member of the Orange Order, while her grandfather, Robert James Stewart, signed the Ulster Covenant opposing Home Rule in 1912.[3][4] Humphreys was educated at St. Aidan's Comprehensive School in Cootehill. She then attended University College Galway (now NUI Galway).[5] For a number of years she worked as an official with Ulster Bank and the Credit Union. She was later appointed manager of Cootehill Credit Union.

Early political career

Following the abolition of the dual mandate in 2003, Humphreys was co-opted onto Monaghan County Council in succession to Seymour Crawford. She was elected in her own right at the 2004 and once again in 2009.[6] She was elected as Mayor of Monaghan County Council in 2009.[7] While a member of the council, she served as Chair of the Council's Strategic Policy Committee on Planning and Economic Development.

Humphreys was elected as a TD for Cavan–Monaghan at the 2011 general election. She is the only Presbyterian member of the Oireachtas.[8]

After an initial period on the backbenches, Humphreys was appointed Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, following a cabinet reshuffle in July 2014.

Following the formation of a Fine Gael minority government in May 2016, Humphreys was appointed to the newly created position of Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.[9]

In government

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Humphreys was a surprise appointment to the position of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, following a cabinet reshuffle in July 2014.[10] After just a few months in the position she became embroiled in controversy over her appointment of John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). McNulty was a Fine Gael candidate for a Seanad by-election and his appointment occurred a few days before his nomination was announced. Humphreys was accused of stroke politics and cronyism.

In her role as the Minister responsible for the preparations of the 2016 Easter Rising centenary celebrations, she said:

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Humphreys was appointed to the newly expanded position of Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs following the formation of a Fine Gael minority government on 6 May 2016.[12]

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation

On 30 November 2017, Humphreys was appointed as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. She succeeded Frances Fitzgerald, who had resigned on 28 November.[13]

References

  1. ^ Collins, Stephen (2011). Nealon's Guide to the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 27. ISBN 9780717150595.
  2. ^ "Ms. Heather Humphreys". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  3. ^ Moriarty, Gerry (8 August 2016). "Protestant drum is still beating strong in Border village". Irish Times. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. ^ McGreevy, Ronan (21 January 2016). "My grandfather signed the Ulster Covenant, Minister says". Irish Times. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Self-aware Humphreys ready to do the business". Irish Examiner. 1 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Heather Humphreys". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Heather Humphreys". Election 2011. TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Profile: Heather Humphreys". Irish Independent. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Frances Fitzgerald is Tánaiste in new Cabinet". RTÉ News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  10. ^ "As It Happened: Cabinet reshuffle". RTÉ News. 14 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Heather Humphreys: 1916 commemorations belong to all". The Irish Times. 31 March 2015.
  12. ^ "The new cabinet". Irish Independent. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Taoiseach names Simon Coveney as new Tánaiste". RTÉ News. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Margaret Conlon
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cavan–Monaghan
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Deenihan
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
2014–16
Succeeded by
Office abolished
New office Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
2016–17
Succeeded by
Herself
as Minister for Arts and Culture
Preceded by
Herself
as Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Jul.–Nov. 2017
Succeeded by
Josepha Madigan
Preceded by
Frances Fitzgerald
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation
2017–present
Incumbent