Simon Harris

Simon Harris is a TD for Wicklow & East Carlow and Minister for Health.

He is a native of County Wicklow and has been involved in the community all his life.

Simon was re-elected as TD for Wicklow & East Carlow in the February 2016 General Election.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011 and was the youngest member of the 31st Dáil.

Simon first became involved in politics through his work as a disability advocate and is committed to providing a strong voice on issues relating to special needs and mental health. Before entering politics, Simon established the Wicklow Triple A Alliance, a charity to support children and families affected by Autism.

In the Dáil, Simon has served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Secretary of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and Co-Convenor of the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Mental Health. Simon also sat on the Fine Gael Internal Party Committees on Health & Children and Education, Skills & Social Protection.

Prior to his election to Dáil Éireann, Simon was a member of both Wicklow County Council and Greystones Town Council, having been elected in the 2009 Local Elections with the highest percentage vote of any candidate in the country. He has also served his community as Chairperson of the County Wicklow Policing Committee, Chairperson of the Dublin-Mid Leinster Regional Health Forum, Board Member of Wicklow Tourism and Member of Wicklow Vocational Educational Committee.

In July 2014, Simon was appointed Minister of State in the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform and the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility for OPW, Public Procurement & International Banking (including IFSC). This role involved: developing a new strategy to grow the international financial services in Ireland, working to improve access for SMEs to public procurement and prioritising a new national flood plan to assist communities throughout Ireland.

Simon works hard in addressing local matters and progressing national issues through his work as TD & Minister.