Born Waterford, 1953. Married to Anne O'Shea; one son, one daughter. Educated De La Salle College, Newtown, Waterford. Formerly Claims Manager. Contested 2002 general election in Waterford. Senator since 2002.
Fine Gael Whip in the Seanad and Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs October 2007-2011. Member Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs. Member Joint Committee on European Affairs. Member Committee of Selection of Seanad Eireann. Member Seanad Committee on Procedure and Privileges. Member Waterford City Council 1991-2003. Mayor of Waterford 1995-1996. Former Chairman Waterford City Development Board. Former Member European Committee of the Regions. Former Member Regional Authority and Assembly. Former Director Waterford Port Company. Former Chairman Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. Former President FAI Schoolboys and Youth Committees.