Brendan Griffin has been appointed as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport.
He was first elected to the Dáil in February 2011 from the Kerry South constituency, topping the poll with 8,808 first preference votes. He is a member of a number of Oireachtas Committees, including: Transport, Tourism and Sport (Chair); and Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands. He has previously served as a member of Kerry County
Council since June 2009, when he was elected from the Dingle Electoral Area. He also contested the 2004 local election in the same area, after which he worked as Parliamentary Assistant to Jimmy Deenihan TD, until 2007, when he established his own business
He succeeds Patrick O’Donovan who has moved to Finance and Public Expenditure.