Jack Chambers: Who is our new Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Jack Chambers must show that he is “confident and at his best” if he is to succeed as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

That is according to Irish times political correspondent Harry McGee, who said His appointment in the “heavyweight department” It was a great call from the Tánaiste today.

It has been a successful few days for Minister Chambers, who was also appointed deputy leader of Fianna Fáil last Wednesday.

But how has this 33-year-old risen so quickly through the ranks of politics? McGee said that he is still “a relative newcomer to politics,” but that he already has a pretty impressive resume.

“His father is a consultant doctor who was originally from Mayo but settled in West Dublin in Castleknock; “Jack Chambers grew up there and became very involved in Fianna Fáil when he was a teenager,” he said. The hard shoulder.

“Dublin West was always a Fianna Fáil stronghold in Dublin, and Brian Lenihan was one of 20 TDs who actually retained a seat in the 2011 election.

“Sadly, he died just months after being elected, and the Labor Party won the subsequent by-election.

“Fianna Fáil didn’t have a seat there between 2011 and 2016, so Jack Chambers came out of nowhere and won a seat. He was 25 years old when he was first elected to the Dáil.”

“It’s pretty brilliant”

From there, McGee said the new Finance Minister has earned a reputation as a “hard worker.”

“It’s quite brilliant. He has a degree in medicine and he also has a degree in law, although he has not practiced in either of them,” he stated.

“He was promoted to the role of Chief Whip in 2020, remained there through COVID and has been in cabinet ever since.

“He really impressed Micheál Martin with his performance as Chief Whip; He was very effective in terms of his organizational skills.

“He also established good relations with his counterparts in Fine Gael and the Green Party.”

Michael Martin and Jack Chambers.

McGee said he also held the position of Minister of State for Sports during this time, a position which gave him several sporting grants and enabled him to become popular with TDs “of all stripes and colours”.

Following a reshuffle in 2022, he gained further experience at the Department for Transport, where he was responsible for road safety and implemented a new speed limit and penalty points system.

‘Heavyweight Department’

Despite the experience, McGee said today’s appointment was a great decision.

“It’s a very large portfolio and it’s a heavyweight department,” he said.

“He has a critical budget to draw up between now and October, together with Paschal Donohoe, and until now he had no experience in an economic department.

“I think you’re going to have a very steep learning curve between now and then because when you present the budget, you’re going to have to show that you’re confident, that you’re at your best and that you’re speaking with knowledge and authority. .”

McGee added that past Finance Ministers have been “exposed” in office, so Minister Chambers must ensure he “dots all the Ts and dots all the Is”.

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Main image: Chief Whip Jack Chambers arrives at Cabinet at Dublin Castle in August 2020. Photo by: Sam Boal/

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