Jimmy is married to Roisin (nee McConnell) and has two daughters Michelle and Leah. He was educated at St.Eunan’s College, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin. He has a degree in Health Administration, a certificate in Management from the Irish Management Institute and a Certificate in Public Relations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

He is employed as a staff officer in the Information Technology Department in Letterkenny General Hospital and was elected to Letterkenny Town Council in June 2009, and to Donegal County council in 2014. Jimmy is a strong believer in the importance of community and family, and has highlighted and championed many local issues.

Jimmy also has an impressive record for supporting local charities and clubs; he ran a table quiz for many years which raised in excess of 250,000 euro for a large variety of local groups and charities. He is an avid sports fan particularly Gaelic football and soccer and his nephew Rory is a member of the Donegal Senior Football team.