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Jim O'Keeffe TD

Incumbent
Assumed office 
June 1977
Constituency Cork South West

Born 31 March 1941 (1941-03-31) (age 68)
Skibbereen, County Cork
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Alma mater University College Cork,
University College Dublin

Jim O'Keeffe (born 31 March 1941) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He is currently a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork South West constituency.[1]

O'Keeffe was born in Skibbereen, County Cork. He was educated at St. Fachtna's High School, Skibbereen; University College Cork; University College Dublin and the Incorporated Law School of the Incorporated Law Society. He practised as a solicitor before entering public office. O'Keeffe was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1977 general election as a Fine Gael TD for Cork South West and has retained his seat ever since.[2]

During his political career O'Keeffe has served as Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Public Service. He has held numerous Opposition Front Bench portfolios including Foreign Affairs; Social, Community and Family Affairs; Social Welfare; Agriculture and Health; and Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

In 1996–97 he was the first chair of the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution. He is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution.

References

  1. ^ "Mr. Jim O'Keeffe". Oireachtas Members Database. http://oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=30&MemberID=901&ConstID=45. Retrieved 14 October 2009.  
  2. ^ "Jim O'Keeffe". ElectionsIreland.org. http://www.electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=3107. Retrieved 14 October 2009.  

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
John O'Sullivan
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork South West
1977–
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
New office
Minister of State (with special responsibility for Overseas Development)
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Minister of State (with special responsibility for Overseas Development)
1982–1986
Succeeded by
George Birmingham
Minister of State at the Department of the Public Service
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Office abolished
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