James White (Irish politician)

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James "Jim" White (2 January 1938 – 2 September 2014) was an Irish businessman and hotelier, and a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for constituencies in County Donegal.[1]

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as Fine Gael TD for the Donegal–Leitrim constituency at the 1973 general election.[2] He was re-elected at the 1977 general election as the TD for the new Donegal constituency. After further boundary changes, he was re-elected at the 1981 general election as the TD for Donegal South-West, and did not contest the February 1982 general election. He stood again for Donegal South-West at the 1992 and 2002 general elections but was not elected on either occasion.[2]

His Ballyshannon-based company, the White's Hotel Group, owns several large hotels in the spa town of Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, renowned for its annual matchmaking festival.

He died on 2 September 2014.[3]


  1. ^ "Mr. James White". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "James White". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Former Fine Gael TD Jim White dies". RTÉ News. 3 September 2014.