Jack Chambers has been appointed as the new Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht. He will work alongside Senior Minister Catherine Martin who is Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture Sport and the Gaeltacht.
He replaces Dara Calleary who has been promoted to the senior ministry of Agriculture and the Marine, and also takes on the role of Government Chief Whip.
In so doing he gives a double voice to sport around the Cabinet table which can only be a good thing.
Chambers is among the younger of Fianna Fáil TD’s and will be 30 on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, November 21st.
He was elected to the Dáil for the first time in 2016 from the constituency of Dublin West which he shares with Ministers Leo Varadkar and Roderick O’Gorman.
With the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in the constituency that has to be seen as another positive in sport playing a central role for him.
In personal terms Chambers is a keen runner and participates in Park Runs, the Goal Mile and his local GAA Club St Brigid’s Charity 5K.
He regularly appears at various local sporting clubs including Castleknock Celtic FC, Castleknock GAA Club and others.
On his own website he listed sport as one of his priority areas of local interest saying “Sport binds communities and plays a critical role in the promotion of physical activity for all.”
“I am a keen sports player and have played a wide variation of sports with many of the local sports clubs throughout my youth to today.”
“There have been multiple successes in recent years by many of our local sports clubs and players and we must lay the foundations for future success with continued investment and focus.”
“I will endeavour to work with all of the local sport organisations to support the development of sport across the Dublin 15 Area and to assist them in any way I can.”
Well, now he will have an opportunity to do so on a national scale.