Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD is a member of Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament) and represents the constituency of Wicklow-East Carlow on Ireland’s east coast, immediately south of Dublin. He has been a member of Fine Gael since 1983.
Married to Ann, with whom he has four children, he was first elected at the 2007 general election to the Dáil and became the Deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture. In 2010, he was promoted to the opposition frontbench as the spokesperson for Agriculture. Deputy Doyle was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2011 general election and was Chairman of the Agriculture Committee. In 2016, he was re-elected and is currently Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture.
In the Dáil, he introduced legislation entitled ‘Food (Fair Trade and Information) Bill 2009’ to provide in the interests of the common good, for the prohibition of activities which prevent, restrict or distort fair trade in grocery goods in the State, and to provide for information on the grocery trade in Ireland to be gathered and published.
He also produced the first ever parliamentary report on the Offshore Oil and Gas sector in 2012 which called for a new fiscal licencing regime in Offshore Oil and Gas exploration off the coast of Ireland.
As part of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013, he hosted a conference in Dublin Castle with EU member states Parliamentary Agriculture Committee Chairs from all 27 countries, engaging parliamentarians with speakers such as the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos and the EU Commissioner for Fisheries, Maria Damanaki.
He was previously a member of Wicklow County Council from 1999 – 2007 and was Cathaoirleach (Chairman/Mayor) of Wicklow from 2005 to 2006. Since 2016 , he is the Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture.