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Minister Denis Naughten

​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.

A scientist by profession, Minister Naughten was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1997.  Minister Naughten had previously been elected to Seanad Éireann in a bye-election on the Agricultural Panel in January 1997 and became the youngest ever member of the Seanad.

The role of the Minister's Office is to:

  • to liaise between the Minister and the Department
  • to provide administrative services for the Minister
  • to liaise with the Chief Whip's Office on Dáil business
  • to organise briefings, speeches and press releases for the Minister
  • to deal with correspondence and queries from Members of the Oireachtas, members of the public, public representatives, foreign embassies and other organisations
  • to co-ordinate and organise the Minister's appointments, diary functions and travel arrangements