Jerry Buttimer is a Senator in the 25th Seanad and currently serves as Leader of the Seanad. He is involved in a number of Oireachtas Committees, including: Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement; Members’ Interests of Seanad Éireann; and Petitions. Jerry was previously elected to Dáil Éireann in February, 2011 representing the constituency of Cork South Central. Deputy Buttimer was previously appointed as Chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children in July 2011. Prior to his election to Dáil Éireann, Deputy Buttimer served as a Senator, having been elected in July 2007, and was a member of Cork City Council from 2004 to 2007.
Under Deputy Buttimer’s stewardship the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children held a series of meetings examining the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. This process culminated in the publication of a report which detailed a series of recommendations for tackling these complex issues. Deputy Buttimer has also led the Committee’s consultation process on the Children First Bill which puts in place a statutory framework to protect children and combat child abuse and neglect.
Outside of representative politics Deputy Buttimer is actively involved in his local community and the GAA. Deputy Buttimer served on the GAA National Marketing Committee, as well as holding the position of Chairman of his local Bishopstown GAA Club.
News & Statements
Direct flights to Cork from Boston Providence to return next year - Buttimer
The return of the Cork to Boston Providence direct flight next year demonstrates that Cork is the gateway to the South of Ireland for trade and tourism, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Intoxication holding areas needed to reduce wait times in Emergency Departments - Buttimer
Fine Gael Senator, Jerry Buttimer, has called for the introduction of separate intoxication holding areas in City Centre Garda Stations to reduce the pressure on hospital Emergency Departments.
Same-sex couples being legally able to declare parentage is welcome news - Buttimer
Cork Senator and Leader of Seanad Éireann, Jerry Buttimer, has said the move by Ministers Harris and Zappone to close a legal loophole and allow same-sex couples to legally declare parentage is a step in the right direction for our society.