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James Lawless (born 19 August 1976) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare North constituency since the 2016 general election.[1]

James Lawless

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Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
ConstituencyKildare North
Personal details
Born (1976-08-19) 19 August 1976 (age 43)
Gorey, County Wexford, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Ailish Lawless
Alma mater

He was a member of Kildare County Council from 2014 to 2016.[2] He topped the poll in the 2014 local elections with 2,123 votes.[3] While a member of Kildare County Council, he served as Mayor of Naas prior to his election to Dáil Éireann.

He is a qualified barrister and also has degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. He worked as a systems analyst in his early career.

In May 2016 he was appointed by the party leader Micheál Martin as Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development. He is a member of the Energy & Communications Oireachtas Committee, and in February 2017 was elected as Vice-Chair of that Committee. In February 2018 he was appointed a member of the Business, Enterprise and Innovation Oireachtas committee.


  1. ^ "James Lawless". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Election 2016: James Lawless". RTÉ. 28 February 2016.
  3. ^ "James Lawless". Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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