Regina Doherty TD was appointed Minister for Employment & Social Protection on 14 June 2017.
Regina entered the Dail in February 2011 having served as a County Councillor on Meath County Council. She was previously the Chairperson of Meath’s Joint Policing Committee and sat on the board of three educational institutions; Meath VEC, Ratoath College and Gaelscoil na Mi, as well as sitting on the Special Education Committee of The National Parents’ Council.
Regina is married to Declan and they have four children. They have lived in the village of Ratoath for the past fifteen years. Before entering political life, Regina worked successfully in the IT sector for 20 years. Regina is a former Member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children, the Joint Oireacthtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform and of the Constitutional Convention. Regina was appointed Chief Whip for Fine Gael and Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach on 6 May 2016. As of June 2017, she has served as the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection.