Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation
Heather was first appointed to Cabinet in July 2014.
She was also the first rural TD in seven years to be appointed to the position of Minister in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
She worked with Ulster Bank and prior to her election to Dáil Éireann she was Manager of Cootehill Credit Union.
Heather's financial experience in both personal and business matters combined with a rural background makes her a strong voice for businesses in rural Ireland.
Having spent most of her life in the border area, Heather is also acutely aware of the challenges facing SMEs as a result of Brexit.
As Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather led the successful 2016 Centenary Programme and during her time as Minister with responsibility for rural affairs, she launched the Action Plan for Rural Development.
Prior to being appointed to Cabinet, Heather served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.