Jim O’Callaghan was first elected to Dublin City Council in 2009 for the Pembroke-Rathmines electoral area, being the only Fianna Fáil city councillor elected south of the Liffey in those local elections. In 2011 he was appointed as legal advisor to the Fianna Fáil front bench.
In 2014 he was re-elected to Dublin City Council for the new Rathmines-Rathgar electoral area. Although Fianna Fáil is now the second largest party on the city council, it refused to enter a governing coalition with the largest party on the city council, Sinn Féin. In 2016, Jim was elected to Dáil Eireann.
Jim is the Vice Chairman of the south east area joint policing committee and a member of the council’s arts, sports & culture strategic policy committee. He is also a member of the council’s commemorations committee that is, at present, organising the council’s plans for commemorating the centenary of 1916.
Jim studied law in University College Dublin, graduating with a BCL degree. He obtained a Masters in Law and an M.Phil in criminology while studying at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He completed his legal education with a BL Degree from the Kings Inns, winning a scholarship that funded his first three years of practice as a Barrister in the Law Library. In 2008 he became a Senior Counsel and now practices in the Courts in civil law. In 2014 he co-edited a book entitled “Law and Government: A Tribute to Rory Brady”.
He lives in Rathmines with his wife and son.