Minister with Responsibility for Defence

Paul Kehoe TD was re-appointed Minister with responsibility for Defence on 14 June 2017 by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

He previously served in the same role from May 2016. Prior to this, Minister Kehoe served as Government Chief Whip & Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach & Defence.

Minister Kehoe has represented the Wexford constituency as a member of Dáil Éireann since May 2002.

In his role as Chief Whip, he oversaw radical Dáil reform, including a significant increase in the number of sitting days, as well as the introduction of Friday sittings and Topical issue debates.

Since taking up the Defence portfolio, Minister Kehoe has placed a huge emphasis on enhancing Ireland’s contribution to peacekeeping, through political engagement at EU level and via the United Nations. 

The minister has also ensured the delivery of significant investment in defence infrastructure.

In June 2018, Minister Kehoe initiated the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping, which culminated in a state ceremony led by President Michael D Higgins.

Minister Kehoe lives in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford with his wife Brigid and their three children Sinead, Eoin and Emma.

He has a huge interest in rugby, GAA and community events.