He was first elected as the Irish Parliamentary Party MP for the South Down constituency at the 19 February 1902 by-election, and was again re-elected at the 1906, January 1910, December 1910 and 1918 general elections, and served until 1922 as member of the Nationalist Party.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for the British Labour Party in Sunderland at the 1924 United Kingdom general election,. He was also unsuccessful in the 1925 Irish Seanad election and the June 1927 Irish general election, when he ran for the National League Party in Monaghan.
In 1913 he presented the Jeremiah MacVeagh Cup to the Down County GAA Board. The Cup has been presented to the winners of the annual Down Senior Hurling Championship ever since.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Jeremiah McVeagh
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John Francis Small
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