Alan Kelly (politician)

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Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly 2011.jpg
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
Assumed office
11 July 2014
Preceded by Phil Hogan
Deputy leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
4 July 2014
Leader Joan Burton
Preceded by Joan Burton
Minister of State for
Public and Commuter Transport
In office
10 March 2011 – 11 July 2014
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Office abolished
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
25 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 40)
Portroe, County Tipperary, Ireland
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Regina O'Connor
Children 2
Alma mater University College Cork
University College Dublin
Website Official website

Alan Kelly (born 13 July 1975) is an Irish Labour Party politician and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. He is a Teachta Dála (TD) for Tipperary North having been elected at the 2011 general election.[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 a 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 a 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 a 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 term in the European Parliament, 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]

In May 2014, Kelly confirmed that he would be contesting the vote for a new deputy leader of the Labour party following the resignation of Eamon Gilmore as party leader.[7]

He was elected as Deputy leader of the Labour Party on 4 July 2014.[8] On July 11, he was appointed to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.[9]


  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. 
  7. ^ "Three Labour TDs have said they are interested in being the deputy leader of the party". Irish Independent. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Need to govern with more heart, says Joan Burton". RTÉ News. 4 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Live: Cabinet reshuffle". RTÉ News. 11 July 2014. 

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
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Phil Hogan
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
Party political offices
Preceded by
Joan Burton
Deputy leader of Labour Party