Meet Billy Kelleher, MEP for Ireland South

Billy was elected to the European Parliament for the constituency of Ireland South in May 2019.


Dáil & Seanad Éireann

Kelleher ElectedA member of Dáil Éireann for Cork North Central since 1997, and Seanad Éireann between 1993 and 1997, Billy brings a wealth of political and legislative experience to the European Parliament.

Minister of State

As Minister of State for Labour Affairs and Trade and Commerce between 2007 and 2011, Billy gained significant insights into how business, unions and the government must work together to achieve their common goals.

Health, Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Following the 2011 general election, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD nominated Billy as the party’s spokesperson on health, and from 2018 until his election to the European Parliament, as the spokesperson on business, enterprise and innovation.

Repealing the 8th

Vote Yes 8th RefPrior to the referendum on the 8th Amendment, Billy served on the special Oireachtas committee established to debate the law on access to terminations in Ireland.

A proposal, drafted by Billy and others, was the one ultimately adopted by the people.


Married to Lisa with three teenage children, Billy hails from Glanmire in Co. Cork and was educated locally at Sacred Heart College, Carrignavar, Co. Cork and at the Pallaskenry Agricultural College in Co. Limerick.