Joe Costello TD
Dáil Candidate for Dublin Central


Joe is a hard-working TD who has represented Dublin Central for over twenty years.

Joe started his working life as a teacher in Loreto College, North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. He is a former President of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and former Chairman of the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC).

A lifetime member of Amnesty International and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, he has worked for the promotion of human and civil rights and has made a major contribution
to penal reform and the abolition of the death penalty.

He was Director of Elections for Michael D Higgins in his successful Presidential campaign in 2011.

More recently, as Minister for Trade he opened up new markets abroad for Irish goods which helped start our economic recovery. As Minister for Development he produced Ireland’s policy on international aid for the elimination of extreme 1 poverty and disease in developing countries. 

Curently as a Member of the important Oireachtas Public Accounts and Health Committees, he closeley manages the spending of taxpayers money.

Over the years, Joe has worked with residents and community groups on a range of issues including community development, planning, housing, transport, sporting and cultural matters.  Health and Education are of major concern to Joe.  

As Chairman of the Supply Control Committee of the North Inner City Drugs Task Force, Joe vigorously opposed the drug barons who brought such misery to communities in Dublin Central.  In recent years he was to the fore of the successful campaign to close the Head Shops in Dublin.

Joe has an office in Phibsborough which is open daily, and he holds six Advice Centres across the constituency each week.  He is always accessible and deals with constituents on a personal basis.

He is married to Emer and they live in Aughrim Street.