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Member of the Däil Eireann

Jim O'KEEFFE, Irish Member of the Dâil Eireann.


O'KEEFFE, Jim was born on March 31, 1941 in Skibbereen, Company Cork, Ireland. Parents: Maurice O'Keeffe and Ellen O’Keeffe.


St. Fachtna’s High School, Skibbereen. University College, Cork. University College, Dublin.

Inc. Law Society Law School, solicitor, 1962.


Member, Irish Council, European Movement, since 1973. Member, Skibbereen Urban District Council, 197479. Member, Baltimore Harbour Commission, 1974-1979.

Member of the Dâil, since 1977. Spokesman on Law Reform, 1977-1979, Foreign Affairs, 1979-1980, Security, 1980-1981. Chairman, Dâil Consolidation Committee, 1977- SI.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, 1981-1982. Spokesman on Health, 1982. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, 1982-1986.

Minister of State for Finance and the Public Service, 1986-1987. Spokesman on Agriculture, 1987-1988, Social Welfare, 1988-1989, Justice, 1989-1991. Foreign and European Affairs, since 1991.

Principal partner, Wolfe and Company, until 1979. Founder President, Skibbereen Junior Chamber, 1967.


Roman Catholic.


Clubs: Schull Harbour Boat Club. Baltimore Sailing Club. Kinsale Yacht Club; Bandon and Skibbereen Golf Clubs.


  • Other Interests

    Boating and sailing, golf, rugby, football, local history.


Spouse Maeve O’Keeffe (née O’Sullivan), 1975. Children: seven daughter, one s.