James Geoghegan is a practicing barrister and a member of Dublin City Council for the Pembroke Electoral Area representing the people of Ranelagh, Rathmines, Milltown, Donnybrook, Ballsbridge and Sandymount
James grew up in Ranelagh and is a graduate of University College Dublin. Prior to qualifying as a barrister, James worked in public affairs, including periods working with prominent Irish-American Congressman, Richard E. Neal, in Washington D.C., and with Iar-Taoiseach John Bruton during his term as the EU’s Ambassador to the United States. James also worked as a senior adviser on the Banking Inquiry which investigated the causes and consequences of the financial and property collapse.
James is putting himself forward as a candidate in the upcoming bye-election in Dublin Bay South and will be campaigning for an inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to own a home and have access to affordable childcare.
The areas James is passionate about and where he really wants to make a difference involve:
- Smart investment in childcare, education, and our work environment to help reopen our economy and get our country back on its feet.
- Taking the learnings of the past year to deliver a liveable Dublin where local schools, businesses, and community services are all within a 15-minute walk or cycle from your home.
- Play his part in transforming the political system with a particular focus on cross party collaboration to tackle housing supply by building more affordable homes his generation and future generations to come.
James has a proven track record during his time as a member of Dublin City Council. He is the Fine Gael member on the Finance Committee, the Budget Committee, the Strategic Housing Policy Committee and the Special Committee on Homelessness. He has always remained focused on finding solutions to Dublin’s housing problems. He voted to support the delivery of affordable homes at a rate of €300,000 in Dublin City Centre. He was part of the movement which has forced an external audit on Dublin City Council about prices being paid to private building contractors. He worked to strengthen rights for private tenants at risk of homelessness. He also worked alongside local Councillors and the HSE to deliver a new Primary Healthcare Centre for Rathmines, which will bring much-needed services to the area, including speech and language therapy, breastfeeding clinics, and child and adolescent mental health services.
A keen cyclist and frequent sea swimmer, James has consistently campaigned to re-shape Dublin’s urban environment and to support local businesses. This has included the recent decision to pedestrianise Merrion Row. James is an active member of the Steering Committee for the Dodder Greenway, which will link the city centre and the Grand Canal with Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Milltown, and the Dublin mountains.