John is currently a Councillor on Fingal County Council.

Political Career

  • Former election agent for Minister Joan Burton TD and Cllr. Peggy Hamill.
  • Former Director of elections for the Dublin West by-election and chairperson of the local Labour Party in Castleknock
  • Co-opted to Fingal County Council to replace Peggy Hamill, Jan 2014


  • Lecturer in Education, researcher and author

Other Interests

  • John is the author of a highly regarded official biography of Dr. Patrick Hillery, former President of Ireland, which was published in 2008. This work was undertaken with the full collaboration of Dr. Hillery. This book was short-listed for Best Irish Published Book of the year at the Irish Book Awards for 2009.
  • John has also published widely on education policy, including a major study of the first comprehensive and community schools, published in 2009.
  • John is a member of local history societies, a strong supporter of local GAA clubs and a member of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).
  • His hobbies include reading, swimming, Dublin GAA, Liverpool FC, cinema and theatre.

Birth Details

  • 1974, Dublin.


  • Educated locally in St. Francis Xavier’s National School
  • Attended Belvedere College.
  • BA graduate in History and Politics from Trinity College Dublin.
  • PhD in Irish History and Education

Cllr John Walsh

Ireland - Dublin : Dublin West : Castleknock

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