Billy Kelleher

Billy Kelleher
Opposition Spokesperson for Health
Assumed office
9 March 2011
Leader Micheál Martin
Preceded by James Reilly
Minister of State for Trade and Commerce
In office
22 April 2009  9 March 2011
Taoiseach Brian Cowen
Preceded by John J. McGuinness
Succeeded by Jan O'Sullivan
Minister of State for Labour Affairs
In office
20 June 2007  21 April 2009
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
Brian Cowen
Preceded by Tony Killeen
Succeeded by Dara Calleary
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 1997
Constituency Cork North–Central
In office
February 1993  May 1997
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born (1968-01-20) 20 January 1968
Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Liza Davis

Billy Kelleher (born 20 January 1968) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North–Central constituency since 1997.[1]

He was educated at Sacred Heart College, Carrignavar, County Cork and Agricultural College Pallaskenrey, County Limerick. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1992 general election but was nominated by the Taoiseach to the 20th Seanad in 1993. Kelleher was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1997 general election and retained his seat both at the 2002 and 2007 general elections.[2]

He was the Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade and Commerce from 2009 to 2011. He previously served as the Minister of State for Labour Affairs from 2007 to 2009. He was previously the assistant Government Chief Whip.

In January 2006, Kelleher became embroiled in a minor controversy when he was caught speeding outside Cashel, County Tipperary on his way to Leinster House. He was fined and received two penalty points on his driving licence. The misdemeanour was particularly ironic as it came in the same week when the government was coming under fire for a poor road safety record.

He retained his seat at the 2011 general election, though an opinion poll from The Irish Times which had predicted that he was in danger of losing his seat.[3] He was re-elected at the 2016 general election.

He is married to Liza Davis and they have two daughters. He is a cousin of former Fine Gael TD Liam Burke.[2]

He is the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health. He has called for a rise in the legal age to purchase alcohol from off-licences.[4]


  1. "Mr. Billy Kelleher". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
  2. 1 2 "Billy Kelleher". Retrieved 27 April 2009.
  3. Collins, Stephen (14 February 2011). "FF Cork vote collapses - poll". The Irish Times.
  4. "TD suggests rise in off-licence purchase age". RTÉ News. 10 November 2011.

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Preceded by
Máirín Quill
(Progressive Democrats)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork North–Central
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Killeen
Minister of State for Labour Affairs
Succeeded by
Dara Calleary
Preceded by
John McGuinness
Minister of State for Trade and Commerce
Succeeded by
Jan O'Sullivan
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