Kevin Kiely

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Kevin Kiely is an Irish politician and former Mayor of Limerick from 2009–10.[1] He was made a Peace Commissioner in 1983 by the then Fine Gael Minister for Justice, Michael Noonan.[2] He is a member of Fine Gael.[2]

Career in politics[edit]

He was first elected to Limerick City Council in 1985.[2] He was re-elected to the council in June 2009.[2] He is a member of the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick.[2] He is Chairman of Limerick City Council Joint Policing and a former Chairman of Limerick City Council Future Planning.[2] He is married with two children.[2] In November 2009, he called for unemployed European Union nationals to be deported from Ireland.[3] His views led to a debate over racism.[4] This was part of a broader controversy surrounding racist comments from Fine Gael members in Limerick.[5]

In March 2010, he called for a change to the law which bans selling alcohol on Good Friday and Christmas Day, at a time when a rugby match was due to take place in Limerick city.[6] Shortly before leaving office in June 2010, he again was the subject of national news when he called for the re-introduction of capital punishment.[7][8]

Departure from Fine Gael[edit]

He left Fine Gael, over the party's failure to select him as a candidate for the Irish general election, 2011. He unsuccessfully ran as an Independent candidate for the constituency of Limerick City.[9]


  1. ^ "What I Love about Limerick - Mayor Kevin Kiely - Limerick Leader". 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Governing Authority Membership - University of Limerick - VPAS". 1981-06-12. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  3. ^ Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 12:27 PM (2009-11-11). "Limerick Mayor calls for deportations of unemployed immigrants". Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
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  5. ^ "FG candidates accused of racism - Limerick Leader". 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Limerick Mayor backs licensing laws changes - RTÉ News". 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
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  9. ^ [2] Archived February 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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