Jerry Buttimer

Jerry Buttimer (born 18 March 1967) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Leader of Seanad Éireann and Leader of Fine Gael in the Seanad since June 2016. He has been a Senator for the Labour Panel since 2016, previously from 2007 to 2011. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork South-Central constituency from 2011 to 2016.[1]

Jerry Buttimer
Leader of Seanad Éireann
Assumed office
8 June 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Leo Varadkar
DeputyCatherine Noone
Preceded byMaurice Cummins
Leader of Fine Gael in the Seanad
Assumed office
8 June 2016
LeaderEnda Kenny
Leo Varadkar
Preceded byMaurice Cummins
Assumed office
April 2016
In office
July 2007  February 2011
ConstituencyLabour Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011  February 2016
ConstituencyCork South-Central
Personal details
Gerard Martin Buttimer

(1967-03-18) 18 March 1967
Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Conchobar Ó Laoghaire (m. 2017)
Alma mater

He studied for the priesthood for six years at St Patrick's College, Maynooth as a candidate for the Diocese of Cork and Ross. He was a classmate of Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe.

He was first elected to Cork City Council in 2004. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election for the Cork South-Central constituency, but was subsequently elected to the Seanad.[2] He was Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in the 23rd Seanad. He is a former Secondary School teacher and was Director of Adult Education at Ballincollig Community School.

In April 2012, Buttimer came out as gay, the first Fine Gael TD to do so, saying: "I am a TD who just happens to be gay – it is just one little composition of the story that is me and I will continue to be the politician I was yesterday."

He is chair of the Fine Gael LGBT group.[3]

He was critical of the 2012 boundary commission report, which transferred the areas of Bishopstown and Glasheen from the Cork South–Central constituency to Cork North-Central. Both areas were considered his political base in the constituency.[4] Despite predictions that he would move to Cork North-Central at the next election, he announced in August 2012 that he would contest the next election in Cork South-Central.[5]

He lost his seat at the 2016 general election.[2] After his election as a member of Seanad Éireann in April 2016, he was appointed by the Taoiseach as Leader of Seanad Éireann and Leader of Fine Gael in the Seanad.


  1. "Jerry Buttimer". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  2. "Jerry Buttimer". Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. "Cork Fine Gael deputy Jerry Buttimer comes out saying: I'm a TD who just happens to be gay". Irish Independent. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  4. "Buttimer criticises boundary changes". Irish Examiner. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  5. "Jerry Buttimer to stay in Cork South-Central". Evening Echo. 7 August 2012. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
Preceded by
Deirdre Clune
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork South-Central
Succeeded by
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
(Sinn Féin)
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