Alan Kelly (politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly 2011.jpg
Minister of State for
Public and Commuter Transport
Assumed office
10 March 2011
Preceded by New office
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2011
Constituency Tipperary North
Member of the European Parliament
In office
8 June 2009 – 9 March 2011
Constituency South
In office
24 July 2007 – 8 June 2009
Constituency Agricultural Panel
Personal details
Born (1975-07-13) 13 July 1975 (age 38)
County Tipperary, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party
Other political
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Spouse(s) Regina O'Connor
Children 2
Alma mater University College Cork,
University College Dublin
Occupation eBusiness Manager

Alan Kelly (born 13 July 1975) is an Irish Labour Party politician. He is a Teachta Dála (TD) for Tipperary North having been elected at the general election in February 2011 and is the Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport.[1] He is a former Senator and Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

Early and private life[edit]

Kelly is from Portroe just outside Nenagh, County Tipperary, and is the son of Tom and Nan Kelly. Educated at Nenagh CBS, he subsequently attended University College Cork (UCC) where he completed a BA in English and History in 1995. Two years later he completed an M.Phil in Political History. Kelly continued his education at Boston College where he achieved a Certificate in Leadership in 1999. He returned to Ireland shortly after this and completed an MBS in eCommerce in 2002. Kelly subsequently worked as an eBusiness Manager with Bord Fáilte and Fáilte Ireland.

Kelly is married to Regina O'Connor, a primary school teacher who was raised in Waterville, County Kerry. The couple have two children; a daughter and a son.

Political career[edit]

Kelly was highly politicised from an early age. In his final year of secondary school he canvassed for the Labour Party during the 1992 general election. He remained active in left-wing politics in university, firstly by establishing the Jim Kemmy Branch of the Labour Party in UCC and later by becoming involved in a number of by-election and local election campaigns in Cork and the wider Munster area.

Kelly became Chair of Labour Youth in 2000, having previously served as Co-Chair.

In 2007 Kelly launched his own political career when he secured election to Seanad Éireann for the Agricultural Panel. He was the only Labour Party candidate in that grouping.[2] After the election of Eamon Gilmore as leader of the Labour Party in 2007, Kelly was appointed as Labour Party spokesperson on Tourism and was Seanad spokesperson on Finance and Local Government.

Kelly was elected as an MEP for the South constituency at the 2009 European Parliament election, taking the last seat in a tight battle between him, Sinn Féin's Toireasa Ferris and the Independent Kathy Sinnott[3][4] Kelly was a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

Kelly promised that he would see out his five-year tenure in Europe, but allowed his name go forward as a Labour Party candidate at the 2011 general election. He ran in the Tipperary North constituency and was successful, receiving 9,559 first preference votes (19.8%) and securing the third and final seat at the expense of Fianna Fáil's sitting TD, Máire Hoctor.[5] Phil Prendergast replaced him as MEP for the South constituency.

When the new coalition government was formed Kelly joined the junior ministerial ranks as Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport.[6]


  1. ^ "Mr. Alan Kelly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Alan Kelly". Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Labour's Kelly fights off late Sinnott surge". Irish Independent. 9 June 2009. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Alan Kelly". European Parliament. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Election 2011: Tipperary North". RTÉ News. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kenny breaks election pledge by not cutting junior ministers". Irish Examiner. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

European Parliament
Preceded by
Kathy Sinnott
Member of the European Parliament for South
Succeeded by
Phil Prendergast
(Labour Party)
Preceded by
Máire Hoctor
(Fianna Fáil)
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Tipperary North
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport