Ciaran Cannon is Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development. He is a TD representing Galway East. Ciaran is formerly the Minister for Training & Skills at the Department of Education & Skills. He was elected to Dáil Eireann in February 2011.
Ciaran was first elected to Galway County Council in June 2004, to represent the Loughrea Electoral Area.
Following the 2007 General Election An Taoiseach nominated him to Seanad Eireann.
Ciaran is an active member of the community in Carrabane. He has been the chairperson of the Carrabane Community Council and Scout Leader for the local Scout unit.
He has a strong interest in rural planning and has been instrumental in ensuring many improvements.
Ciaran was born in Kiltullagh, Athenry and he lives there with his wife Niamh and son Evan.
Every two years Ciaran cycles 600 miles for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, a national charity caring for children and young people with disabilities.He was chosen as one of Galway’s People of the Year in March 2002.
News & Statements
Cannon hopes Philadelphia’s Foróige foundation will be first of many in US
Minister for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon, will be launching the first branch of Foróige in Philadelphia next week.
O’Brien’s award is testimony to a great Irish literary trailblazer- Cannon
Minister for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon, has welcomed the news that Irish-born writer Edna O’Brien is to receive the PEN/Nabokov Award for achievement in international literature and said it is testimony to her reputation as a literary trailblazer.
Cannon says Oscar nominations prove finesse of Irish artistic talent
Minister for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon, has congratulated the Irish artists who have received nominations for their work for the 90th Academy Awards.