Ann Phelan

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Ann Phelan
Ann Phelan 2013.jpg
Phelan in 2013
Minister of State for Rural Economic Development
and Rural Transport
In office
July 2014 – May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Office abolished
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
Constituency Carlow–Kilkenny
Personal details
Born (1961-09-16) 16 September 1961 (age 55)
Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party

Ann Phelan (born 16 September 1961) is an Irish Labour Party politician.[1]

Political career[edit]

Phelan was elected to Kilkenny County Council in 2004 and 2009 for the Thomastown electoral area.

First elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency at the 2011 general election, she served until losing her temper at the 2016 general election.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

She lost her seat at the 2016 general election.[2]


  1. ^ "Ms. Ann Phelan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Ann Phelan". Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Simon Harris among new Ministers of State". RTÉ News. 15 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Ann Phelan: I 'absolutely' lost my temper

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Preceded by
Mary White
(Green Party)
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Rural Economic Development and Rural Transport