Richard is from Waterford in the south of Ireland and recently graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Business and Law. Richard is an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program, a leadership and service organisation promoting peace and stability on the island of Ireland and through this, Richard interned in the Capitol Hill office of Congressman Joe Crowley.
Richard also interned in the digital media department of Fine Gael during the 2016 general election. Richard is interested in International and European affairs, particularly the impact Brexit will have on Ireland, and he is currently the policy officer on the Young Fine Gael International Committee. He is also interested in disability activism, and volunteers with AsIAm.ie, an Irish autism advocacy and awareness charity.