Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Denis Naughten, TD was appointed Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment in May 2016. He is an independent TD for Roscommon/Galway and was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1997. He is a former Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, Children and Youth Affairs. A scientist by profession, Minister Naughten had previously been elected to Seanad Éireann in a by election on the Agricultural Panel in January 1997 and became the youngest ever member of the Seanad. Born in Drum, County Roscommon, Minister Naughten was educated at Ardkeenan NS; St. Aloysius College, Athlone; University College Dublin and University College Cork where he did a research project in Food Microbiology.