He was a former business editor of the Sunday Independent. He was a Fine Gael Wicklow County Councillor and a former Fine Gael general election candidate in the Wicklow constituency. Ross was the longest-serving member of Seanad Éireann (representing the University of Dublin constituency), until he was elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for the Dublin South constituency at the 2011 general election. In the 31st Dáil, he was a member of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee. He co-founded the Independent Alliance with Michael Fitzmaurice in 2015. He was re-elected to the 32nd Dáil, and appointed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in May 2016.
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