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Jim was elected to Dublin City Council in 2009 and 2014. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Bay South constituency since the 2016 general election.
He was a member of the Fianna Fáil Team that negotiated the Confidence and Supply Agreement that broke the political deadlock following the result of the 2016 election and facilitated the Dáil electing a minority government. He has introduced many Bills in the Dáil, including the Parole Bill 2016.
Jim drafted and secured cross-party support for his Parole Bill 2016, which was passed by the Oireachtas (Dáil and Seanad Éireann) and became an Act in 2019. It comprehensively reformed the parole system, giving victims of crime and their families the right to be heard during the parole process.
The Oireachtas also passed Jim’s proposals to expand the powers of the Criminal Assets Bureau.
Jim served as legal adviser to Fianna Fáil from 2011 – 2016. In May 2016, following his election to Dáil Éireann, he was appointed party front-bench spokesman on Justice and Equality.
He is currently the party’s front bench spokesman on justice.