Noel Whelan (politician)

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Noel Whelan
Personal details
Born(1968-11-24)November 24, 1968
County Wexford, Ireland
DiedJuly 10, 2019(2019-07-10) (aged 50)
Political partyFianna Fáil

Noel Whelan (November 24, 1968 – July 10, 2019) was a barrister and adviser for the Fianna Fáil party in Ireland.[1] He was also considered a political analyst, and his opinions on elections, anniversaries and other political events were regularly sought by the mainstream media.[2][3][4][5][6][7] He ran for Fianna Fáil in the 1997 general election.

Whelan wrote a weekly column in The Irish Times, had a degree and Masters in History and Politics, and wrote Fianna Fáil: A Biography of the Party.[8][9] He has also addressed the McGill Summer School in Glenties, County Donegal.[10]

When Bertie Ahern resigned as Taoiseach in 2008, the views of various personalities were sought by the mainstream media. Whelan said: "The country has celebrated 10 years of peace on the island and more than a decade of strong economic growth. Enoch Powell said all political careers end in failure. This one hasn't; it's ended under pressure."[1]

Whelan was married to Sinead McSweeney,[11] and the son of Wexford Councillor Seamus Whelan.[12]

He died on July 10, 2019, at the age of 50.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b O'Brien, Fergal (2 April 2008). "Irish Premier Ahern to Quit After Decade in Power (Update4)". Bloomberg. 'The country has celebrated 10 years of peace on the island and more than a decade of strong economic growth,' Noel Whelan, a former adviser to Ahern's Fianna Fáil party, said in a telephone interview.
  2. ^ "80th anniversary of the first majority Fianna Fáil Government". The History Show. RTÉ Radio 1. 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Anniversary of Albert Reynolds' 2nd election as Taoiseach". Drivetime. RTÉ Radio 1. 11 January 2013.
  4. ^ "The Gathering". Today with PK. RTÉ Radio 1. 28 December 2012. Pat is joined by Minister of State Brian Hayes, Senator Daragh O Brien, Breda O Brian columnist with the Irish Times, Barrister Noel Whelan and journalist Noireen Heagerty, to discuss the past weeks events
  5. ^ Whyte, Nicholas (1 May 2003). "New in Print". An Phoblacht.
  6. ^ Halpin, Padraic; Crimmins, Carmel (16 September 2011). "Ex-IRA guerrilla McGuinness to run for Irish president". Reuters. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013.
  7. ^ O'Connor, Brendan (24 May 2009). "Let's build a world-class Ireland: If we start to use our imaginations we can end up better-placed than we ever were". Sunday Independent.
  8. ^ Whelan, Noel. "Fianna Fail: A Biography of the Party".
  9. ^ "Review of Fianna Fail: A Biography of the Party".
  10. ^ Hand, Lise (26 July 2011). "Averil puts boot into Bertie as FF fights for political future". Irish Independent. The Dublin senator was on a discussion panel alongside Fine Gael's chief strategist Frank Flannery and political pundit Noel Whelan.
  11. ^ Speculation mounts about third place on FF election ticket Tony Dempsey now being touted as candidate Enniscorthy Guardian, October 18, 2001.
  12. ^ Seamus Whelan
  13. ^ Writer and barrister Noel Whelan dies aged 50 after short illness
  14. ^ "Noel Whelan obituary: Political campaigner, barrister, newspaper columnist and pundit". The Irish Times. 11 July 2019.

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