Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD is a member of Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament) and represents the constituency of Wicklow-East Carlow. He has been a member of Fine Gael since 1983.
Married to Ann, with whom he has four children, he was first elected to the Dáil at the 2007 general election, and became the Deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture. In 2010, he was promoted to the opposition frontbench as the spokesperson for Agriculture. Deputy Doyle was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2011 general election and was Chairman of the Agriculture Committee. In 2016, he was re-elected and is currently Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture.
In the Dáil, he introduced legislation entitled ‘Food (Fair Trade and Information) Bill 2009’ to provide in the interests of the common good, for the prohibition of activities which prevent, restrict or distort fair trade in grocery goods in the State, and to provide for information on the grocery trade in Ireland to be gathered and published.
In July 2010, Andrew was rapporteur for the publication of the Report on the European Commission’s Green Paper on Protecting Europe’s Forests against Climate Change; a joint report by the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Committee on Climate Change and energy Security.
Andrew also chaired the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture in 2012, during their publication of the Report on Land use: Maximising Its potential.
As part of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013, he hosted a conference in Dublin Castle with EU member states' Parliamentary Agriculture Committee Chairs from all 27 countries, engaging parliamentarians with speakers such as the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos and the EU Commissioner for Fisheries, Maria Damanaki.
Serving as Minister for the past three years, Andrew has led trade missions, meeting with Ministers, officials and dignitaries from Europe and across the globe in an attempt expand market opportunities in existing markets and open up new markets for Irish produce. He has also represented Ireland at meetings of European Ministers.
Andrew had the opportunity to deliver Ireland’s national statement to the High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the United Nations.
He has also chaired meetings at the Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, which focuses on climate change, agriculture and food security.
Andrew has gained huge experience as Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture nationally, in Europe and on the global stage.