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Fine Gael bye-election candidate James Geoghegan intends to deliver for Dublin Bay South as bid to win Dáil seat begins

17 May 2021

Minister Simon Harris is Director of Elections for campaign

Fine Gael bye-election candidate James Geoghegan says he intends to deliver for the people of Dublin
Bay South as his campaign to win the Dáil seat gets underway.

Councillor Geoghegan (35) who represents the Pembroke electoral area in Dublin City Council, was
selected as the party’s candidate for the upcoming Dublin Bay South bye-election.

Minister Simon Harris has been appointed as Director of Elections for Councillor Geoghegan and will
oversee the campaign to hold the Fine Gael seat in the Dublin constituency.

Having been elected to Dublin City Council in 2019, Councillor Geoghegan has a strong track-record in
public service, voting to support the delivery of affordable homes at €300,000 and has campaigned to
re-shape Dublin’s urban environment and to support local businesses.

As a practicing barrister and someone with liberal, progressive values, Councillor Geoghegan
supported the repeal of the 8 th amendment and the Marriage Equality Referendum and was a signatory
to the Lawyers for Yes campaign.

Councillor Geoghegan intends to win the seat for Fine Gael and will work hard for his constituents on
issues that matter to them, with his three priorities as follows:

  • Smart investment in childcare, education, and our work environment to help get our country
    back on its feet;
  • Make Dublin a 15-minute city, in which local schools, businesses, and community services are
    all within a 15-minute walk or cycle from your home;
  • Build more homes for young people and families.

Speaking at the campaign launch today, Councillor Geoghegan said: “As someone who is steeped in
the tradition of Fine Gael, I am deeply honoured to have been selected as the party’s candidate for the
Dublin Bay South bye-election.

“Together with my supporters and campaign team, I intend to put a huge amount of energy into
contesting this election to ensure the voice of the community that I care so passionately about is heard
in Dáil Éireann.

“As a father of two small children and someone who is self-employed, I understand the challenges
facing people in Dublin Bay South and across our country when it comes to housing, affordable
childcare, education, protecting our environment, and in providing equality of opportunity for all.

“This is what persuaded me to enter politics and my determination to overcome those challenges is
what will drive me throughout this campaign.

“I also hope to be a positive voice for young people and will do all I can to give them the opportunity to
own their own home and to support their family.”

Fine Gael President and An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, TD, said Councillor Geoghegan is a rising star in
local and national politics whose experience, ability and knowledge will stand in his favour as he
contests the Dublin Bay South bye-election.
“I would like to congratulate James on being selected as our candidate. The Fine Gael family will be
supporting his campaign 100%. We’ll be fighting this bye-election to win.

“It is strong constituency for Fine Gael in which we headed the poll with 28% of the vote in the 2020
General Election. That’s well short of the 50% needed to reach the quota in a bye-election but with
strong transfers from other parties, I believe we can pull it off.

“James is local person, born and raised in the constituency. He has proven himself to be an
enthusiastic and dedicated public representative for the residents of Dublin Bay South.

“As a young person in his mid-thirties and father of two young boys, he can be an advocate within
Government on the issues that affect his generation the most like the need for more housing, home
ownership, the environment and the need for more and better jobs,” Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said.
Fine Gael’s Director of Elections Simon Harris said: “I am delighted to be appointed Director of
Elections for the Dublin Bay South constituency.

“We will be doing absolutely everything we can to retain the seat for Fine Gael. However for that to
happen, we require as much support as possible for our excellent candidate.

“Cllr Geoghegan will be a great asset to the Dáil and the Fine Gael party if elected in the upcoming bye-
election. I look forward to having the chance to meet the people of Dublin Bay South over the coming
weeks,” Minister Harris said.

Notes to Editors:
Images of Fine Gael Leader Leo Varadkar, Dublin MEP Frances Fitzgerald and Dublin Bay South bye-
election candidate James Geoghegan will be sent to picture desks.
No Reproduction Fee
Photographer Contact details:
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About James Geoghegan:

James Geoghegan (35) is a practising barrister and a member of Dublin City Council for the Pembroke
Electoral Area. This local electoral area is in the Dublin Bay South Dáil constituency, representing
Ranelagh, Rathmines, Milltown, Donnybrook, Ballsbridge and Sandymount.

James is running for election to help re-open our country following Covid-19, to make Dublin a 15-
minute city, and to get homes built.

Throughout his time as a member of the Council, James has focused on solutions to Dublin’s housing
problems. He is Fine Gael’s member on the Finance Committee, the Budget Committee, the Strategic
Housing Policy Committee and the Special Committee on Homelessness. He has voted to support the
delivery of affordable homes at €300,000 in Dublin City Centre, has forced an external audit of the
council’s payments to private developers on housing, and has worked with councillors to strengthen
rights for private tenants at risk of homelessness.

James has 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 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 a 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.

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, interrogating the causes and consequences of the financial and property collapse.

James’s wife Claire is from Sandymount, and they have two children together: Hugh (3) and Harry (1).