Published 28/10/2010 | 05:00
Name: Tom Parlon
Family: Married, five children
Position: Chief executive, Construction Industry Federation
Education: Roscrea CBS and Gurteen Agricultural College
Career: Involved in the farming movement from a young age before becoming president of the Irish Farmers' Association in 1997. Entered politics in 2002, rose to president of the Progressive Democrats and Minister at the Office of Public Works.