|Minister of State for Training and Skills|
10 March 2011
|Preceded by||New Office|
August 2007 – February 2011
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
|Leader of the Progressive Democrats|
17 April 2008 – 24 March 2009
|Preceded by||Mary Harney|
|Succeeded by||Noel Grealish (Interim)|
|Galway County Councillor|
June 2004 – August 2007
|Succeeded by||Michael Maher|
19 September 1965 |
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Progressive Democrats (2003–09)|
Ciarán Cannon (born 19 September 1965) is an Irish politician and is the Minister of State for Training and Skills since March 2011. He is a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for Galway East since the 2011 general election. He is a former leader of the Progressive Democrats (PD) party.
Before entering politics he was CEO (2002–06) and secretary (2000–02) of IHCPT – The Irish Pilgrimage Trust. In 2002 he was honoured as one of the Galway People of the Year.
He was elected to Galway County Council in 2004 to represent the Loughrea electoral area with 1,307 first preferences. He was an unsuccessful PD candidate at the 2007 general election for the Galway East constituency. He received 3,321 first preferences in the 2007 poll.
Cannon was elected as Leader of the Progressive Democrats on 17 April 2008. Cannon was the first leader of the Progressive Democrats to come from Seanad Éireann. At his first press conference as party leader Cannon stated that he believed "there was passion, commitment, talent and knowledge within the PDs' ranks to stage a big comeback".
However, after speculation increased that Noel Grealish, one of the party's two TDs, intended to leave the party, he announced in September 2008 that a party conference would be held on 8 November 2008 at which he would recommend that the party disband. At that conference, the delegates present voted by 201–161 that the party should disband.
On 10 March 2011, he was appointed as Minister of State for Training and Skills.
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- "Cannon formally joins Fine Gael". RTÉ News. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Galway East
|New office||Minister of State for Training and Skills
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Progressive Democrats