John Halligan T.D. is Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development. John was reappointed as Minister of State to the Department in June 2017 and his brief extended to Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development.
John’s portfolio includes responsibility for Further Education; Apprenticeship and Training programmes; School Transport; Research in Higher Education and the Implementation of Ireland’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, development, science and technology; and Ireland’s participation in the European Space Agency.
John previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Training, Skills and Innovation from 6 May 2016.
John was first elected to Waterford City Council in 1999 for the Workers’ Party. He subsequently ran as an Independent candidate in the 2009 Local Election, topping the poll in his electoral area and, during that term, serving as Mayor of Waterford from 2009 to 2010.
He was first elected to Dáil Eireann in 2011 as an Independent Deputy for the Waterford constituency and, since then, has been a member of a number of Committees including the Committee on Procedures and Privileges, Public Service and Oversight and European Union Affairs.
He co-founded the Independent Alliance in January 2015 and the grouping of like-minded Independent politicians entered Government in May 2016.
John a native of Waterford. A lifelong trade unionist and community activist, he worked with container freight company Bell Lines for several years before entering politics on a full-time basis.
The father-of-three is a lifelong member of Amnesty International and has a keen interest in science and nature. He’s also an avid supporter of the arts and has published his own poetry book, ‘Drop by Drop Upon the Heart’.