Ann Phelan TD General Election Candidate for Carlow / Kilkenny Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport Ireland South : Carlow / Kilkenny : Thomastown E.A.056 7756000
In taking the first seat in the 2011 5-seat Carow/Kilkenny Constituency Election, Ann Phelan created history by becoming the first woman to do so since the establishment of our State.
Ann, is no stranger to electoral success since she joined Cllr. Michael O’Brien in securing two of the 5-seat Kilkenny County Council seats in their area in 2004, followed by an even more spectacular result for Labour nationally by retaining both seats in the more competitive 4-seat local election contest of 2009.
As a Kilkenny public representative, Ann held the most prestigious Corporate Policy Group position for the Labour Party Group from 2004 to 2009, in her role as the chairperson of the Council’s Special Policy Committee on Community, Arts, Heritage and Tourism. Up to her Dáil success; and in addition to her career membership of the South East Regional Authority; Ann was Leader of the County Kilkenny Heritage Forum.
Determined not to insult the electorate in 2011 campaign by not making false pre-election promises, Ann is determined to continue to work honestly, fairly and equally for the people of Carlow and Kilkenny, to ensure the Labour Party works for the people to provide a strong, stable and responsible Government by addressing the crisis facing our country.
With her public representative experience, equipped with her knowledge and service to the constituency, Ann is ideally positioned to provide the best possible parliamentary service to her constituents of both counties.
Ann Phelan’s aim is to help create a country where the old way of using politics no longer has a place; where the national interest is predominant. As a TD she will continue to put jobs, reform and fairness at the top of her priorities in public office.
Appointed Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport, July 2014