James Lawless is a member of Kildare County Council representing the Naas Area which includes Naas, Sallins, Kill, Johnstown, Caragh, Kilteel, Eadestown, Ardclough, Ballymore Eustace and Kilcullen.
A resident of Sallins, James is originally from County Wexford and lived in Dublin before moving to Kildare to setup home for himself and his family.
James was very involved in his local community before entering electoral politics and campaigned on local policing issues, helping communities including Kill, Kilteel and Ballymore Eustace deal with the aftermath of Garda station closures by setting up alert systems and Garda clinics. Within Sallins James has been a strong advocate for more facilities and the much needed bypass. James has been working with Traders and other local interests in Naas town towards a revitalization of the town centre and is also Chairperson of the Sallins Business Association. He has been very active in campaigning for unfinished estates to be taken in charge and has successfully progressed this recently for a number of local estates. A daily commuter himself, James is a long standing spokesperson for the Naas and Sallins Rail Users Group and has worked to improve services on that line.
James studied Maths at Trinity College and Law at Kings Inns and has worked in both private and public sectors. He currently works in financial regulation, in particular data protection and corporate governance.
James is a member of Sallins Cumann and secretary of Naas Area Fianna Fáil and is an elected member of the Fianna Fáil National Executive. In his (limited!) spare time James enjoys jogging, fishing or exploring the great outdoors with his children and their dogs. James is a keen follower of Gaelic games and a member of Sallins GAA.