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Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay South

About Jim

Jim O'Callaghan (right)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 O'Callaghan TD with Cllr Claire O'Connor, Rathgar - Rathmines and Cllr Frank Kennedy, Pembroke - South

Jim O’Callaghan TD with Cllr Claire O’Connor, Rathgar – Rathmines and Cllr Frank Kennedy, Pembroke – South Dock

Jim was one of the most regular contributors to meetings of the City Council. He has consistently highlighted the enormous amount of money which the city council has wasted attempting to build an unnecessary and costly incinerator at Poolbeg. To date this incinerator has had approximately €100 million in public funds spent on it without anything to show for this enormous expenditure. He also repeatedly identifies that the main solution to the homeless and housing problems in Dublin is the construction of more public and private houses. It is the absence of any coherent house building programme that has resulted in spiralling rents and increased homelessness in the capital.
Jim O'Callaghan (right)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”.

Jim as a young playerJim played rugby to a very high level, representing UCD, Cambridge University, London Irish, Wanderers and Leinster at senior level. He also represented Ireland at Under 21 level. He now coaches underage rugby teams.

He lives in Rathmines with his wife and son.

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