Brian studied at St Patrick College, Maynooth and Trinity College, Dublin.
Brian served as a member of both houses of the Irish Parliament from 1996 to 2014. In 2011, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Finance.
During his time as Minister of State, Brian attended Eurogroup, ECOFIN and Budgetary Council meetings on behalf of the Irish Government. As Minister of State in Ireland, he was responsible for procurement reform, public sector reform and the Office of Public Works.
Following his election to the European Parliament in May 2014, Brian was appointed to the European Parliament’s Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee, Development Committee and Budgetary Control Committee.
Brian was the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the IORPS II Directive and shadow rapporteur for the Money Market Funds regulation and Pan European Pension Proposal (PEPP). He has also worked on the European Parliament’s report on Fintech and on Third County Equivalence. He is the EPP Vice Coordinator on the ECON Committee. In September 2018 Brian was elected as Vice President of the ECON Committee.