Joe Costello (politician)

Joseph Costello (born 13 July 1945) is an Irish Labour Party politician who has been the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin to Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland since June 2021 and a member of Dublin City Council since 2019. He served as a Minister of State from 2011 to 2014. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Central constituency from 1992 to 1997 and 2002 to 2016. He was a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 1989 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2002.[1]

Joe Costello
Joe Costello 2013.jpg
Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin
Assumed office
28 June 2021
Preceded byMary Callaghan
Minister of State
2011–2014Foreign Affairs and Trade
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002 – February 2016
In office
November 1992 – June 1997
ConstituencyDublin Central
Senator
In office
24 July 1997 – 12 May 2002
In office
30 November 1989 – 27 November 1992
ConstituencyAdministrative Panel
Personal details
Born (1945-07-13) 13 July 1945 (age 76)
Geevagh, County Sligo, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Emer Costello (m. 1994)
RelationsMary Moran (Sister-in-Law)
Children2
EducationSummerhill College
Alma mater

Early lifeEdit

Costello was born in Geevagh, County Sligo and was educated at Summerhill College, Sligo, St Patrick's College, Maynooth and University College Dublin. He worked as a secondary school teacher before becoming a full-time public representative.[2]

CareerEdit

He was a member of Dublin City Council from 1999 until the end of the dual mandate led to him passing the seat to his wife Emer Costello. He was re-elected to the Council in 2019.

 
Costello's office in 2007

He joined the Labour Party in 1985, and in 1989 he was elected to the 19th Seanad Éireann as a Senator for the Administrative Panel.[3] He remained there until the 1992 general election when he was elected to Dáil Éireann. Costello lost his seat at the 1997 general election but was subsequently elected to the Seanad again. Costello was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2002 and 2007 general elections.[3]

He was director of elections for Michael D. Higgins during the 2011 presidential election.[4]

On 20 December 2011, he was appointed by the Fine Gael–Labour government as Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development, a position he served in until 15 July 2014.[5][4] He was dropped as a Minister of State in a reshuffle in July 2014.[6] He was then appointed to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee.

He lost his seat at the 2016 general election.[3] Costello made national headlines in 2017 when he said a snap election could breach the Irish Constitution, as constituencies needed to be revised to take account of changes in population in the 2016 Census.[7]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Dublin Central constituency at the 2020 general election. [8]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife Emer Costello is a former MEP for Dublin.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Joe Costello". Oireachtas Members Database. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Joe Costello TD – Biography". Labour Party website. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Joe Costello". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Jan O'Sullivan named 'super junior' minister". RTÉ News. 20 December 2011. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Appointment of Minister of State" (PDF). Iris Oifigiúil. 2012 (3): 64. 10 January 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 September 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Simon Harris among new Ministers of State". RTÉ News. 15 July 2014. Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Costello goes to High Court over constituency revisions". RTE.ie. 27 November 2017. Archived from the original on 27 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Dublin Central Results 2020". Irish Times. Archived from the original on 9 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2020.

External linksEdit

Oireachtas
Preceded by
Constituency redrawn
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin Central
19921997
Succeeded by
Preceded by Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin Central
20022016
Succeeded by
Constituency redrawn