- Jim Higgins (Irish politician)
Jim Higgins (born 4 May 1945 in
Ballyhaunis, County Mayo) is an Irish politician who has served as a member of Seanad Éireann, Dáil Éireannand the European Parliament.
He was educated at St Jarlath's College,
Tuamand at University College Galway. Higgins worked as a Community School teacher before becoming involved in local politics as a member of Mayo County Councilin 1979. He first ran for Dáil Éireannin the 1981 general election, but was unsuccessful. However, he was one of Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's nominees to the 15th Seanad Éireann. He lost his Seanad seat in 1982 but was elected to the 17th Seanadby the Labour Panelin 1983, remaining in the upper house until 1987 as a member of the 17th Seanad. He was successful in the 1987 general election, winning a set in the 25th Dáilas a Fine Gael Teachta Dála(TD) for Mayo East.
In 1994 the Rainbow Coalition came to power and Higgins was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Finance. The following year he became Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Defence, as well as
Chief Whipof the government. He remained in that position until a Fianna Fáil- Progressive Democratscoalition took office after the 1997 general election. Like many of his Fine Gaelcolleagues at the 2002 general election, Higgins lost his seat in the Mayo constituency. However, he was elected to Seanad Éireannby the Labour Panel, becoming a member of the 22nd Seanad. In the 2004 European Parliament elections Higgins was elected to the European Parliamentas a Fine GaelMEP for the North-West constituency.
* [http://www.finegael.ie/Representatives/representatives.cfm?TD_Key=41 Jim Higgins's page on the Fine Gael website]
* [http://www.electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=4070 Jim Higgins's electoral history] (ElectionsIreland.org)
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