Jimmy Devins

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Jimmy Devins
Minister of State for Science, Technology
and Innovation
In office
May 2008 – April 2009
TaoiseachBrian Cowen
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State for Disability and Mental Health Issues
In office
June 2007 – May 2008
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2007 – February 2011
ConstituencySligo–North Leitrim
In office
May 2002 – May 2007
Personal details
Born (1948-09-20) 20 September 1948 (age 70)
Political partyFianna Fáil
Alma materUniversity College Dublin,
Trinity College, Dublin

James Devins (born 20 September 1948) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician and medical doctor. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 2002 to 2011.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Devins is a medical doctor by profession, and worked as a GP in Sligo town from 1975. His grandfather James Devins served a Sinn Féin TD for Sligo–Mayo East from 1921–22.[2] He is married to Judge Mary Devins.[3]


Devins was elected to Sligo County Council in 1991 and re-elected in 1999.[4] He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2002 general election for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency.[4] At the 2007 general election, he was elected for the Sligo–North Leitrim constituency.[1]

In June 2007, Devins was appointed Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues and Mental Health. On 13 May 2008, shortly after Brian Cowen became Taoiseach, he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with special responsibility for Science, Technology and Innovation. He served in this position until April 2009 when he was dropped in a reshuffle.

On 5 August 2009, Devins (along with fellow Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Scanlon) resigned the party whip over his opposition to cuts in services at Sligo General Hospital. He stated that he would remain a member of the Fianna Fáil party.[5] He rejoined the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on 25 January 2011, a day before the leadership election.[6]

Devins did not contest the 2011 general election.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mr. Jimmy Devins". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Devins salutes Liam Mellowes as a 'great champion of Irish freedom'". The Irish Times. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Judge apologises for calling social welfare a Polish charity". Irish Independent. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Jimmy Devins". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  5. ^ "FF TDs resign whip over cuts". The Irish Times. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  6. ^ "FF leadership candidates address party". RTÉ News. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  7. ^ "FF's Devins to step down at next election". 11 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
Preceded by
Matt Brennan
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Sligo–Leitrim
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
New constituency
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Sligo–North Leitrim
Succeeded by
Tony McLoughlin
(Fine Gael)
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim O'Malley
Minister of State for Disability Issues and Mental Health
Succeeded by
John Moloney
Preceded by
Michael Ahern
Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation
Succeeded by
Conor Lenihan