Shane Ross has spent his political and journalistic career as a voice for individuals and minorities. He has constantly challenged the excesses of the Irish establishment including big business, the banks, political parties, and other vested interests. Shane's Background Shane was educated at St Stephen's School, Dundrum; Rugby School; Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Geneva. At Trinity he studied History and Politics, and edited Miscellany magazine. He was Vice-President of the Hist, the prestigious debating society formed by Edmund Burke in 1770. Shane was first elected as an Independent Senator for Trinity College Dublin in 1981, and was subsequently re-elected nine times. During his time in the Senate, he was regular contributor to debate and raised many notable issues, such as, the economy; broadband; transport issues; childcare and education, as well as waste in the public sector. Shane is a regular columnist with and former business editor of the Sunday Independent, Ireland's biggest selling broadsheet. He won Journalist of the Year Award 2009 for his investigation into waste and extravagance at the state agency FAS. A qualified stockbroker, Shane was executive chairman of Dillon and Waldron stockbrokers, and Irish Times stock exchange correspondent for 8 years. Shane is also a best-selling author. His 2009 bestseller, 'The Bankers: How the Banks Brought Ireland to its Knees', lifted the veil from those whose reckless lending to property developers brought Ireland from boom to bust. In 2010, along with Nick Webb, he co-authored, 'Wasters', an examination of the scandal of public sector waste and extravagance at the taxpayers' expense. In the 2011 General Election, Shane was elected as an Independent TD to Dublin South. During his first term in the Dáil, he introduced seven Private Members Bills and became an active member of the Public Accounts Committee. In the 2016 General Election, Shane again topped the poll, becoming the first T.D. elected to represent the newly configured Dublin Rathdown. On the 6th of May 2016, Shane was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Since then, Shane's top priority has been to combat the worrying increase in road deaths which was witnessed in 2016. He has successfully enacted legislation to tackle drug driving, is currently progressing a bill to increase the penalties for drink driving and later this year, he hopes to introduce provisions to tackle excessive speeding. Since becoming Minister, he has worked closely with all road safety stakeholders including the RSA and IRVA. These measures are all directed at saving lives.