Phelan in 2013
|Minister of State for Rural Economic Development
and Rural Transport
July 2014 – May 2016
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
February 2011 – February 2016
16 September 1961 |
Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny, Ireland
|Political party||Labour Party|
On 15 July 2014, she was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for rural economic development and rural transport at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport. Her responsibilities also included the implementation of the 2014 report by the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA).
Before the 2016 general election she participated in a live radio debate on KCLR 96FM. While there she got into an argument, saying: "I am just going to give up here now. I came to this debate here tonight, I came in here, I've been completely ignored and I'll tell you now I'm fed up of the whole bloody lot of ye." Then she walked out of the studio. She admitted later that she had "absolutely" lost her temper.
She lost her seat at the 2016 general election.
|Labour Party Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
|New office||Minister of State for Rural Economic Development and Rural Transport