Patrick O’Donovan TD is Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government, and eGovernment. He previously served as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport when he was appointed by the Taoiseach in May 2016.

A native of Newcastle West in Co. Limerick, Minister O’Donovan was elected to the Dáil in February 2011. Prior to becoming a TD, he qualified and worked as an industrial chemist before then becoming a primary school teacher.

Following Minister O’Donovan’s election to the Dáil in 2011 he was selected to be a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, whose role it is to promote co-operation between political representatives in Britain and Ireland and build on the close relationships established in recent years between politicians throughout Britain and Ireland. During the 31st Dáil he also served on the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Transport and Communications, and the Public Accounts Committee.