Joe was first elected to Cavan County Council in 1985. He became a member of Cavan V.E.C. that year also. I was previously a member of Seanad Eireann from 1989-1992 and was a member of the Seanad for my second term from 2007 to 2011. During that time I was spokesperson on Energy, Communications and Natural Resources. I was Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council from 2004-2005. I was elected TD for the Cavan and Monaghan area in the 2011 General Election, something of which I am enourmously proud of. Recently I have been appointed Vice-Chairman of The Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee, a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembley and the Joint Oireachtas Committee
Joe started his career as a primary school teacher and his favourite class to teach was 5th class. He founded the Bailieborough Mental Health Association and is the current chairman. Joe enjoys doing stand up comedy and commentated on the 2010 St. Patrick's Day parade in Bailieborough. His favourite film is Slumdog Millionaire.