|Opposition Spokesperson for Health|
9 March 2011
|Preceded by||James Reilly|
|Minister of State for Trade and Commerce|
22 April 2009 – 9 March 2011
|Preceded by||John J. McGuinness|
|Succeeded by||Jan O'Sullivan|
|Minister of State for Labour Affairs|
20 June 2007 – 21 April 2009
|Preceded by||Tony Killeen|
|Succeeded by||Dara Calleary|
February 1993 – May 1997
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
20 January 1968 |
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
He was educated at Sacred Heart College, Carrignavar, County Cork and Agricultural College Pallaskenrey, County Limerick. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1992 general election but was nominated by the Taoiseach to the 20th Seanad in 1993. Kelleher was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1997 general election and retained his seat both at the 2002 and 2007 general elections.
He was the Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade and Commerce from 2009 to 2011. He previously served as the Minister of State for Labour Affairs from 2007 to 2009. He was previously the assistant Government Chief Whip.
In January 2006, Kelleher became embroiled in a minor controversy when he was caught speeding outside Cashel, County Tipperary on his way to Leinster House. He was fined and received two penalty points on his driving licence. The misdemeanour was particularly ironic as it came in the same week when the government was coming under fire for a poor road safety record.
He retained his seat at the 2011 general election, though an opinion poll from The Irish Times which had predicted that he was in danger of losing his seat. He was re-elected at the 2016 general election.
He is the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health. He has called for a rise in the legal age to purchase alcohol from off-licences.
- "Mr. Billy Kelleher". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- "Billy Kelleher". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- Collins, Stephen (14 February 2011). "FF Cork vote collapses - poll". The Irish Times.
- "TD suggests rise in off-licence purchase age". RTÉ News. 10 November 2011.
|Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork North–Central
|Minister of State for Labour Affairs
|Minister of State for Trade and Commerce