James Heffernan (Irish politician)

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James Heffernan
Assumed office
April 2011
Constituency Agricultural Panel
Personal details
Born (1979-10-03) 3 October 1979 (age 36)
Limerick, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Social Democrats
Other political
Independent (2012–15),
Labour Party (2011–12)
Alma mater University of Limerick
Profession School teacher

James Heffernan (born 3 October 1979) is an Irish politician.[1] He was elected to the 24th Seanad in April 2011 on the Agricultural Panel for the Labour Party.[2] He was previously a member of Limerick County Council from 2009–11 for the Kilmallock electoral area. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2011 general election for the Limerick constituency, polling 7,910 first preference votes (17.5%).[3] He was also a candidate at 2007 general election for the Limerick West constituency.

He is a primary school teacher by profession.

He lost the parliamentary Labour Party whip in December 2012 after voting against the government on the Social Welfare Bill.[4] In September 2013, it was reported that he only attended 23% of all votes in the Seanad; the second worst record.[5]

In February 2015, he claimed he was forming a new political party in order to oppose Sinn Féin.[6]

On 4 September 2015, the Social Democrats unveiled Heffernan as one of there five election candidates. [7]