Alan Kelly (politician)
Alan Kelly (born 13 July 1975) is an Irish Labour Party politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary constituency since the 2016 general election. He previously served as Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Deputy leader of the Labour Party from 2014 to 2016 and Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport from 2011 to 2014. He was a Member of the European Parliament for the South constituency from 2009 to 2011 and a Senator for the Agricultural Panel from 2007 to 2009.
|Deputy Leader of the Labour Party|
4 July 2014 – 20 May 2016
|Preceded by||Joan Burton|
|Succeeded by||Office not in use|
|Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government|
11 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Phil Hogan|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport|
10 March 2011 – 11 July 2014
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Assumed office |
February 2011 – February 2016
|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2009 – 9 March 2011
24 July 2007 – 8 June 2009
13 July 1975
Portroe, County Tipperary, Ireland
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Spouse(s)||Regina O'Connor (m. 2007)|
Early and private life
Kelly is from Portroe just outside Nenagh, County Tipperary. He is the son of Tom and Nan Kelly. Educated at Nenagh CBS, he subsequently attended University College Cork (UCC), where he completed a BA in English and History in 1995. Two years later he completed a M.Phil in Political History. Kelly continued his education at Boston College, where he achieved a Certificate in Leadership in 1999. He returned to Ireland shortly after this and completed a MBS in eCommerce in 2002. Kelly subsequently worked as an eBusiness Manager with Bord Fáilte and Fáilte Ireland.
Kelly is thought to have been politicised from an early age. In his final year of secondary school, he canvassed for the Labour Party during the 1992 general election. He remained active in left-wing politics in university, firstly by establishing the Jim Kemmy Branch of the Labour Party in UCC. He then became involved in a number of by-elections, local election campaigns in Cork and in the wider Munster area.
Kelly became Chair of Labour Youth in 2000, having previously served as Co-Chair.
Seanad Éireann: 2007–2009
In 2007, Kelly launched his own political career when he secured election to Seanad Éireann by the Agricultural Panel. He was the only Labour Party candidate in that grouping. After the election of Eamon Gilmore as leader of the Labour Party in 2007, Kelly was appointed as Labour Party Spokesperson on Tourism and was Seanad Spokesperson on Finance and Local Government.
European Parliament: 2009–2011
Kelly was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the South constituency, at the 2009 European Parliament election, taking the last seat in a tight battle between him, Sinn Féin's Toireasa Ferris and the Independent Kathy Sinnott. Kelly was a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection.
Dáil Éireann: 2011–present
Though he promised he would see out his five-year term in the European Parliament, Kelly allowed his name to go forward as a Labour Party candidate at the 2011 general election. He ran in the Tipperary North constituency and was successful, receiving 9,559 first preference votes (19.8%) and securing the third and final seat at the expense of Fianna Fáil's sitting TD, Máire Hoctor. Phil Prendergast replaced him as MEP for the South constituency.
When the new coalition government was formed Kelly joined the junior ministerial ranks as Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport.
In January 2015, it was announced that his leader Joan Burton had nominated Kelly for the roles of Labour's director of elections and chair of Labour's national campaign committee ahead of the upcoming general election.
Following the election, Kelly remained Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in an acting capacity during prolonged talks on government formation. On Sunday 24 April 2016, he represented the government at the official U.S. commemoration of the Centenary of the Easter Rising in Manhattan, New York.
Shortly afterward, on Friday 13 May 2016, Kelly announced his intention to seek leadership of the Labour Party. He then failed to attract a nomination from his parliamentary colleagues, resulting in the unopposed appointment of Brendan Howlin as the new leader. Grassroots efforts to put pressure on members of the parliamentary party were unsuccessful. The parliamentary party also decided not to nominate any candidates for the position of deputy leader, leaving Kelly's previous position vacant.
In September 2017, Kelly called for the HPV vaccine to be given to all schoolboys in Ireland. The vaccine's roll-out among Irish girls had recently been subject to news coverage following controversy over its alleged side effects.
- Downing, John (21 May 2016). "New Labour leader Howlin has thunder stolen by rival Kelly: Alan Kelly's 'petulant' absence from press conference raises eyebrows, writes John Downing". Irish Independent.
At lunchtime yesterday, this strange process meant that Brendan Howlin was the last man standing. His colleagues - bar one Alan Thomas Kelly - accompanied him to meet the awaiting political journalists.
- "Alan Kelly". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
- "Alan Kelly". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 April 2009.
- Riegel, Ralph (9 June 2009). "Labour's Kelly fights off late Sinnott surge". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009.
- "Alan Kelly". European Parliament. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Kenny breaks election pledge by not cutting junior ministers". Irish Examiner. 11 March 2011.
- O'Connor, Niall (29 May 2014). "Three Labour TDs have said they are interested in being the deputy leader of the party". Irish Independent.
- "Need to govern with more heart, says Joan Burton". RTÉ News. 4 July 2014.
- "Live: Cabinet reshuffle". RTÉ News. 11 July 2014.
- Kelly, Fiach (14 January 2015). "Joan Burton appoints Alan Kelly as election chief: Labour deputy leader will chair national campaign committee for next general election". The Irish Times.
- Alan Kelly to run for Labour Party leadership
- Sarah Bardon (21 May 2016). "Brendan Howlin chosen to be new Labour leader". The Irish Times. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
- "Labour's Brendan Howlin dismisses Alan Kelly's challenge to his leadership". The Irish Times. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
- "Alan Kelly isolated by colleagues over Labour leadership coup". Irish Independent. 1 September 2018.
| Member of the European Parliament
| Labour Party Teachta Dála
for Tipperary North
|New constituency|| Labour Party Teachta Dála for Tipperary
|New office|| Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport
| Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
as Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
|Party political offices|
| Deputy leader of Labour Party