Jim Tunney (Irish politician)

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This article is about the Fianna Fáil politician. For the Labour Party politician, see James Tunney (Irish politician).

Jim Tunney (25 December 1923 – 16 January 2002) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[1]

Tunney was born in Dublin in 1923, and was educated at St. Vincent's C.B.S. in Glasnevin. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North-West constituency at the 1969 general election.[2] He served continuously in the Dáil until losing his seat at the 1992 general election, having been a TD for Dublin Finglas from 1977 to 1981 when Dublin constituencies were reconfigured as 3-seaters, before being returned for Dublin North-West in 1981. During that period he served as Parliamentary Secretary and Minister of State in three governments. He served as Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann. He was also Chairman of Fianna Fáil for ten years and served as Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1984 to 1985.

He also played for the Dublin Senior football team. He was on the winning side for Dublin in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship in 1948.


  1. ^ "Mr. Jim Tunney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jim Tunney". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael O'Kennedy
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
Succeeded by
John Bruton
Preceded by
John Ryan
Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
Succeeded by
Joe Jacob
Party political offices
Preceded by
Seán Browne
Chairman of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party
Succeeded by
Joe Jacob
Civic offices
Preceded by
Michael O'Halloran
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Succeeded by
Bertie Ahern