Jerry has represented Cork South Central in Dáil Éireann as a TD since 2011.
He is Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children which plays a pivotal role in scrutinising the work of the Department of Health and its agencies, as well as examining current health policy, assessing the future planning of health services and examining any proposed changes to how healthcare is delivered in Ireland. The Committee’s role also extends to examining the work of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and key stakeholders in promoting the interests of children and young people.
Jerry was among those who led the Yes campaign in the marriage equality .
He is a member of Cork City and County Policing Committees.
Jerry is deeply rooted in his community and write a weekly column in the Evening Echo on Bishopstown and Wilton.
Prior to becoming a TD, Jerry proudly served as a Senator from 2007 when he was spokesperson on Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs. Between 2004 and 2007 he was a Councillor on Cork City Council representing the areas of Bishopstown, Glasheen, Togher and Wilton.
As a councillor he was a member of the; Environment Committee, Roads and Transport Committee as well as the Recreation, Amenity and Culture Committee. He was also the Fine Gael Whip on the Southern Regional Health, the South West Regional Authority and Traveller Accommodation Committee.
Prior to his political career, Jerry was a secondary school teacher in St Aidan’s in Mayfield and in Ballincollig Community School. He was also the Director of Adult Education at Ballincollig Community School.
Jerry is a former Chairman of Bishopstown GAA Club and also a former Youth and Development Officer of Cork County GAA Board.