Jim O'Keeffe

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Jim O'Keeffe
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977 – February 2011
Constituency Cork South–West
Personal details
Born (1941-03-31) 31 March 1941 (age 73)
Skibbereen, County Cork
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Alma mater University College Cork,
University College Dublin

Jim O'Keeffe (born 31 March 1941) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork South–West constituency from 1977 to 2011.[1]

O'Keeffe was born in Skibbereen, County Cork. He was educated at St. Fachtna's High School, Skibbereen; University College Cork; University College Dublin and the Incorporated Law School of the Incorporated Law Society. He practised as a solicitor before entering public office. O'Keeffe was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1977 general election as a Fine Gael TD for Cork South–West and retained his seat at each general election until his retirement in 2011.[2]

During his political career O'Keeffe served as Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Public Service. He held numerous Opposition Front Bench portfolios including Foreign Affairs; Social, Community and Family Affairs; Social Welfare; Agriculture and Health; and Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

In 1996–97 he was the first chair of the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution. He is a former Vice-Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution.

O'Keeffe retired from politics at the 2011 general election.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Jim O'Keeffe". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Jim O'Keeffe". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Political change for West Cork". The Southern Star. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
Oireachtas
Preceded by
John O'Sullivan
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork South–West
1977–2011
Succeeded by
Noel Harrington
(Fine Gael)
Political offices
Preceded by
New office
Minister of State for Overseas Development
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Minister of State for Overseas Development
1982–1986
Succeeded by
George Birmingham
Minister of State at the Department of the Public Service
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Office abolished