Alan Kelly TD
Party Leader and Spokesperson on Health and Disability Services


Alan is currently a sitting TD for Tipperary .

Political Career

  • 1992 Worked on Tipperary North General Election campaign.
  • 1994 Worked on Cork City by-election campaigns (North & South Central).
  • 1995 Founder of ‘Jim Kemmy’ UCC Branch.
  • 1996 Elected Organiser of Cork North Central Constituency.
  • 1997 Managed Cork North Central General Election Office.
  • 1998 Elected Munster Representative of Labour Youth.
  • 1998 Worked on Limerick By-election campaign.
  • 1999 Worked on Local Elections in Tipperary North & Cork North Central.
  • 1999 Elected Co-Chair of Labour Youth.
  • 2000 Chair of Labour Youth.
  • 2001 Director Tom Johnson Summer School.
  • 2001 Member of General Council.
  • 2001-2 Member of General Election Planning Committee.
  • 2002 Worked on General Election Campaign in Tipperary North & Dublin Mid West.
  • 2002 Director Tom Johnson Summer School.
  • 2004 Worked on Local Elections in Tipperary North & Dublin South East.
  • 2001-2005 Member of Finance Committee.
  • 2006-7 Worked on General Election Campaigns in both Tipperary North & Dublin South Central.
  • 2007 - July Elected on the first count on the Agriculture Panel to Seanad Eireann
  • 2007 - Sept Appointed Party Spokesperson on Tourism and Seanad Spokesperson on Finance and Local Government
  • 2008 - Member of Party's 21st Century Commission
  • 2008 - July - Selected to contest the European Elections for Munster/Ireland South
  • 2009 - July Elected to the European Parliament for Ireland South
  • 2009 - Selected as a full member of the Internal Market/Consumer Affairs Committee and the US Delegation. Selected as a substitute member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, the Petitions Committee and the Iceland, Norway and Switzerland Delegation.
  • 2011 Appointed Minister of State for Public & Commuter Transport - Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport
  • 2014 - July - Elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
  • 2014 - July - Appointed Minister for the Environment.
  • 2016 - Feb - Elected to the 32nd Dáil,
  • 2016 - June - Appointed to Oireachtas Health Committee and Public Accounts Committee
  • 2016 - July - Elected vice chair of the Public Accounts Committee


  • Former eBusiness Manager with Bord Failte and Failte Ireland
  • Senator 2007 to 2009
  • MEP for Munster, 2009 - 2011


  • SIPTU.
  • Portroe GAA Club.
  • Tipperary GAA Supporters Club.
  • Munster Rugby Supporters Club.
  • Nenagh Golf Club.
  • Gaelic Players Association.
  • President Dell Redundant Workers Association

Other Interests

  • SIPTU Union Representative Bord Fáilte/Fáilte Ireland 2001-2007.
  • Negotiated the creation of Tourism Ireland and the transfer of Bord Fáilte staff.
  • Negotiated the merger of Bord Fáilte and Cert into Tourism Ireland.
  • Negotiated the integration of the Regional Tourism Authorities into Fáilte Ireland.
  • Member of State Agencies Branch.
  • Written ‘A Political History of County Tipperary 1916-1997’.
  • Won four awards for work in IT and eBusiness since 2005.
  • Chosen as an Irish representative for leadership programme by American Institute for Irish Affairs.
  • Contributor to local ‘Tipperary’ historical books.
  • Numerous awards for Scór participation.
  • Debating awards & Toastmasters Certificate.
  • Numerous hurling, gaelic football and rugby medals.

Family Background

  • Married to Regina O’Connor. Regina is originally from Waterville, in Kerry and works as a primary school teacher in St. Mary's Convent, Nenagh.
  • Alan has one daughter, Aoibhe who was born on June 17th, 2010, and one son, Senan who was born on November 24, 2011.

Birth Details

  • 13/7/75.


  • Nenagh CBS Secondary School, Intermediate and Leaving Certificates
  • University College Cork, BA Hons: English & History 1995 and M.Phil Hons: Political History 1997
  • Boston College, USA. Certificate in Leadership 1999
  • University College Dublin, MBS in eCommerce 2002

Alan Kelly TDParty Leader and Spokesperson on Health and Disability Services

Ireland - South : Tipperary
Work Address:
No 1 Summerhill, Nenagh, Co Tipperary
+3536734190Nenagh Office:

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