Minister Simon Harris

Minister for Education & Further Education, Research, Innovation & Science

Simon Harris is the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

He previously served as Minister for Health from May 2016 to June 2020, and as Minister of State at the Departments of Finance PER and Taoiseach with Special Responsibility for the OPW, Public Procurement, and International Banking (incl IFSC) from 2014 to 2016.

Simon was first elected as a TD in 2011 and served as a member of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee.

Simon’s involvement in politics began after he established an Autism support and lobby group in County Wicklow to seek to give a voice to people living with Autism and their families and to articulate their concerns and needs.

Simon is married and a father of one.