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 says Brexit agreement will be welcomed by Irish in the UK
Minister for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon, has welcomed the guarantee that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic and said it will be especially welcomed by Irish people across the UK.
Cannon congratulates Boston mayor with Galway roots
Minister for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon, has congratulated Boston’s Marty Walsh on his election to a second term as Mayor.
Taoiseach confirms that Apple remains committed to Athenry site- Cannon
Fine Gael Minister Ciaran Cannon has confirmed today that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with Apple executives last week and that Apple remains committed to its €850m data centre investment in Athenry.