Minister Heather Humphreys T.D.
Heather Humphreys T.D. was elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 general election and is the first woman ever to be elected for Fine Gael in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency.
She was appointed Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 11th July 2014.
Prior to being appointed to the Government, Heather served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, the Joint Administration Committee and as a member of the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE).
Heather first became involved in politics when she was co-opted on to Monaghan County Council in 2003 and was twice re-elected in 2004 and 2009. In 2009, she was elected as Mayor of Monaghan County Council. She was previously Chair of the Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on Planning and Economic Development.
Government Chief Whip and Minister of State Joe McHugh T.D.
Joe McHugh T.D. is Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands.
He previously served as Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development and before that he served as Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources.
He was previously appointed as Co-Chairperson of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in July 2011. In July 2012 Deputy McHugh was elected as Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
Deputy McHugh was re-elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD for Donegal North-East in February 2011.