Richard Bruton TD was appointed Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in March 2011.
He is an experienced Deputy representing Dublin North Central and is a Research Economist by profession.
He was first elected to the Dáil in 1982. He was Minister for Enterprise and Employment 1994-97 and chaired the European Industrial Council during Ireland’s presidency in 1996. He was Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce 1986-87.
He has had wide experience in the Fine Gael Front Bench, holding eight different portfolios including Finance, Education and Science, Employment, Economic Planning and Public Sector Reform. He also held the post of Director of Policy.