Jim Daly (politician)

Jim Daly (born 20 December 1972) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People since June 2017. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork South-West constituency since 2011. He previously served as Chair of the Committee on Children and Youth Affairs from 2016 to 2017.[1][2]

Jim Daly

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People
Assumed office
20 June 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byHelen McEntee
Chair of the Committee on Children and Youth Affairs
In office
4 April 2016  8 July 2017
Preceded byJerry Buttimer
Succeeded byAlan Farrell
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
ConstituencyCork South-West
Personal details
James Daly

(1972-12-20) 20 December 1972
Drinagh, County Cork, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Virge Daly (m. 2001)
Alma mater

Prior to being elected to the Dáil, he was a member of Cork County Council for the Skibbereen local electoral area from 2004 to 2011.[1] He ran unsuccessfully for the Seanad in 2007.[3]

A native of Drinagh, Daly is from a family of 11 children. He attended secondary school at Maria Immaculata, Dunmanway.

He studied at NUI Maynooth, and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, becoming a primary school teacher.[4]

After appearing on Tonight with Vincent Browne in 2012, Daly was diagnosed with skin cancer by a doctor watching at home.[5]

He appeared on Claire Byrne Live on 22 January 2018, where he suggested a government issued ID should be a requirement for logging into social media websites.

On 20 September 2019, he announced that he would not contest the next general election.[6]


  1. "Jim Daly". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  2. "Jim Daly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  3. "ElectionsIreland.org: Jim Daly". www.electionsireland.org. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. "Meet your 76 new TDs". RTÉ News. 9 March 2011.
  5. "TD diagnosed with cancer during TV show appearance". Irish Examiner. 20 March 2013.
  6. "Fine Gael's Jim Daly will not contest next general election". RTÉ News. 20 September 2019.
Preceded by
Christy O'Sullivan
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork South-West
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