Kildare Senator Anthony Lawlor has been appointed Seanad spokesperson for Social Protection by An Taoiseach.

Anthony was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011 having served as an Independent County Councillor, from 1998 to 2004 and again from 2009 to 2011, as a member of Fine Gael.  He has been nominated by Fine Gael to contest in the next general election.

Anthony is a proud Kildare man, born and raised in Johnstown, Co. Kildare.  Anthony attended Naas CBS, Newbridge College and graduated in Agricultural Science (UCD) in 1981. Having completed an HDip in Education and spent a brief spell as a teacher in Naas VEC school, Anthony travelled to Vanautu in the South Pacific Ocean for 2 years. Here he worked as a teacher with the charity Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). He then returned to Ireland and continued teaching in Maynooth Secondary School.

An avid sports fan, Anthony is a great Kildare GAA and Leinster rugby supporter.  He is a former President of Naas Rugby Club, and is very involved with local GAA.  Anthony is a regular contributor to KFM live sports commentary.

Senator Lawlor said “I am delighted to be appointed the role of Social Protection spokesperson and look forward to working with Minister Regina Doherty. Social welfare is central to the alleviation of poverty in Ireland and the redistribution of wealth. It is a most important and wide-ranging subset of public policy“.

“The budget for the Dept. of Social Protection is over 20 billion and its policy remit includes jobseekers, employers, children and families, disability and illness, retired and older people. I welcome the challenge and look forward to supporting the Minister in matters of policy and legislation.”

Concluding Senator Lawlor said, “The majority of Kildare people are supported by the Dept. of Social Protection and I will be a strong voice for social protection issues in the county.”