Deirdre is a former member of the Irish Parliament (1997-2002, 2007-2011) and upper House of Parliament (2011-2014). She was elected Lord Mayor of Cork in 2005. During her time in the Irish parliament, she served as the Fine Gael spokesperson on Environmental Protection as well as the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.
Deirdre was first elected to the European Parliament in 2014 and again, for a second term in 2019. She serves as a full member on the Internal Market Committee and a substitute on the Committee for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
In recent years, Deirdre has also been active on the BECA Committee, which works to address cancer at the EU level. The Committee established a set of concrete recommendations for EU member states and EU institutions in order to strengthen our resilience against cancer, while supporting researchers, doctors, nurses and social workers.
Updated: September 2022