About Me

Thank you for visiting my site and I hope you find some helpful news and information. I am proud to represent the people of Dublin Bay North.

I entered politics because I get great satisfaction helping people with their day to day problems, whether they be in Health, Housing or local services. I also saw a great opportunity to move from my work in evaluating public policy in the ESRI as an economist to changing it as a Councillor, TD and Minister. For me politics is about two things:- creating the momentum and the strategy to achieve a better future for all the people of our country; and resolving conflict in a fair way between groups with sincerely held differences.

I have been fortunate to work in governments led by Garret Fitzgerald, John Bruton, Enda Kenny and Leo Varadkar. However, the much longer years in opposition have sharpened my appetite for reform.

I hope I have made a difference in my work in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Education and Skills. I am looking forward to making a difference in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

My wife Susan and I live on Griffith Avenue. We have four adult children – who are our pride and joy. I love to keep fit by cycling to Howth Summit and swimming off Bull Island in summer months, however I am happiest in the kitchen cooking, listening to Leonard Cohen or Jools Holland’s latest discovery.

Please get in touch if you have any queries or issues you would like to raise. You can phone/email on 01-6183103/richard_bruton@education.gov.ie or use the contact tab on this website.

Richard