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Fine Gael TD for Kildare North
Phone: 045-888 488 or 01-618 3007

About Me

Background and Education

I was born and raised in Johnstown, Naas and am the son of the late Tony & Patsy Lawlor.

I completed my primary education in Naas C.B.S. and second level education in Newbridge College.

I completed a Degree in Agriculture from UCD and gained a Higher Diploma in Education from NUI Maynooth.

Employment

My first job was in the Department of Agriculture in 1981.

I then spent two years overseas with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a community worker in Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, from 1984 to 1986.

On my return, I worked as a substitute teacher in Maynooth.

I have also worked as a wool buyer with Texacloth Wool Merchants, Naas.

Since 1997 I worked as a full-time farmer.

Interests

Music: I enjoy listening to a wide range of music including Coldplay, Phil Collins and Vivaldi

Books: I find biographies very interesting and I enjoy reading crime/thriller novels such as Joe Nesbo

Hobbies: One of the things I enjoy doing most is cooking. I even grow my own vegetables! I also love to watch sport and support Leinster Rugby and of course the Kildare team!

I am a member of Kill G.A.A., Naas Rugby Club, Naas Golf Club and I.F.A.

Launching a Report on Casual Labour in Ireland that I authored in 2012.

Political Career

Due to the death of my mother, Patsy Lawlor, I was co-opted onto Kildare County Council in January 1998. I put my name forward for the Local Elections in 1999 and was re-elected, topping the poll for the Naas Electoral Area as an Independent Candidate.

I stepped down from the Council in 2004 and shortly afterwards joined Fine Gael.

In 2009, I was selected at the convention of the Naas Electoral Area as a candidate for Kildare County Council.

I was elected to Kildare County Council on June 5th and took up my seat shortly afterwards.

In February 2011 I was elected by the people of North Kildare to serve as TD in Dáil Éireann.

I am a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee an Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.