July 2007 – February 2011
18 March 1967 |
County Cork, Ireland
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Alma mater||St Patrick's College, Maynooth,
University College Cork
He is a former member of Seanad Éireann on the Labour Panel. He was first elected to Cork City Council in 2004. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election in the Cork South–Central constituency, but was subsequently elected to the Seanad. He was Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in the 23rd Seanad. He is a former Secondary School teacher and was Director of Adult Education at Ballincollig Community School.
In April 2012, Buttimer came out as gay, the first Fine Gael TD to do so, saying "I am a TD who just happens to be gay – it is just one little composition of the story that is me and I will continue to be the politician I was yesterday." He is Chair of Fine Gael LGBT.
He was critical of the 2012 boundary commission report, which transferred the areas of Bishopstown and Glasheen from the Cork South–Central constituency to Cork North–Central. Both areas were considered his political base in the constituency. Despite predictions that he would move to Cork North–Central at the next election, he announced in August 2012 that he would contest the next election in Cork South–Central.
- "Mr. Jerry Buttimer". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Jerry Buttimer". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Cork Fine Gael deputy Jerry Buttimer comes out saying: I’m a TD who just happens to be gay". Irish Independent. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "Buttimer criticises boundary changes". Irish Examiner. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Jerry Buttimer to stay in Cork South–Central". Evening Echo. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork South–Central