Joe 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.
During his time 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.
As a former member of the Oireachtas Public Accounts and Health Committees, he closely managed 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.
He is always accessible and deals with constituents on a personal basis.