Tony Killeen

Tony Killeen (born 9 June 1952) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served Minister for Defence from 2010 to 2011, Minister of State for Fisheries and Forestry from 2008 to 2010, Minister of State for Environment and Energy from 2007 to 2008 and Minister of State for Labour Affairs from 2004 to 2007. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Clare constituency from 1992 to 2011.[1][2]

Tony Killeen
Minister for Defence
In office
23 March 2010  19 January 2011
TaoiseachBrian Cowen
Preceded byBrian Cowen
Succeeded byÉamon Ó Cuív
Minister of State for Fisheries and Forestry
In office
7 May 2008  23 March 2010
TaoiseachBrian Cowen
Preceded byJohn Browne (Fisheries)
Succeeded bySeán Connick
Minister of State for Environment and Energy
In office
20 June 2007  7 May 2008
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State for Labour Affairs
In office
29 September 2004  20 June 2007
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byFrank Fahey
Succeeded byBilly Kelleher
Teachta Dála
In office
November 1992  February 2011
Personal details
Anthony Killeen

(1952-06-09) 9 June 1952
Corofin, County Clare, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Lily O'Keeffe (m. 1988)
Alma materMary Immaculate College

Early and personal life

Killeen was born in Corofin, County Clare, and educated at St. Flannan's College in Ennis and Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. He worked as a national school teacher before entering into politics.

He is married to Lily O'Keeffe; they have five sons and live in Kilnaboy, County Clare.

Political career

Killeen first became involved in politics in 1985 when he was elected to Clare County Council and served on that body until 1997. He was chairman from 1989–1991. At the 1992 general election he was elected to Dáil Éireann for the Clare constituency for the first time and retained his seat at each subsequent election until his retirement in 2011.[3]

Killeen has served on a number of committees, including the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Science, the Committee on Procedure and Privileges and the Committee on Members' Interests in Dáil Éireann.

In 2004 he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with special responsibility for Labour Affairs. In June 2007 he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources with special responsibility for Environment and Energy. In May 2008, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with special responsibility for Fisheries and Forestry.

In January 2007, he was at the centre of a controversy when it became public that he had made representations to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on behalf of convicted criminals including a murderer.[4]

On 23 March 2010 Taoiseach Brian Cowen appointed Killeen as Minister of Defence replacing Willie O'Dea who had resigned for committing perjury in front of the High Court.[5]

On 6 January 2011, Killeen announced his decision not to contest the 2011 general election, citing medical advice as his reason, having been diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008.[6] He resigned as Minister for Defence on 19 January 2011.[2]

On retirement he received a lump sum of €221,000 and an annual pension of €69,000.


  1. "Tony Killeen". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  2. "Four Ministers resign from cabinet". RTÉ News. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  3. "Tony Killeen". Retrieved 24 September 2009.
  4. "Minister refuses to quit over seeking early release of paedophile". 16 January 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  5. "Killeen, Carey promoted to Cabinet". RTÉ News. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  6. "Tony Killeen will not contest General Election". RTÉ News. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
Preceded by
Brendan Daly
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Clare
Succeeded by
Michael McNamara
(Labour Party)
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Fahey
Minister of State for Labour Affairs
Succeeded by
Billy Kelleher
New office Minister of State for Environment and Energy
Office abolished
Preceded by
John Browne
as Minister of State for Fisheries
Minister of State for Fisheries and Forestry
Succeeded by
Seán Connick
Preceded by
Brian Cowen
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
Éamon Ó Cuív
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