John Whelan (Irish politician)

John Whelan (born 24 March 1961) is an Irish Labour Party politician and former member of Seanad Éireann.[1]

John Whelan
In office
April 2011 – April 2016
ConstituencyLabour Panel
Personal details
Born (1961-03-24) 24 March 1961 (age 59)
Port Laoise, County Laois, Ireland
Political partyLabour Party
OccupationJournalist, Editor, Politician

A former journalist, Whelan was editor of the Leinster Express newspaper. He joined the Labour Party in 2010 and was selected as that party's candidate for the Laois–Offaly constituency at the 2011 general election.[2] The selection convention was highly controversial, with the convention itself ending after 15 minutes in "total chaos".[3] A number of members left the Labour Party and joined the Socialist Party and contested the constituency unsuccessfully while a number of others canvassed for Sinn Féin candidate Brian Stanley.[3][4] Whelan polled 5,802 votes (7.8%) being beaten to the final seat by Fianna Fáil's Seán Fleming.[2]

He was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Labour Panel in April 2011. In 2016, he again unsuccessfully ran for a Dáil seat in Laois. He did not seek nomination for the 25th Seanad in 2016.

Whelan works as a PR consultant as Communicate Ireland along with journalist John Drennan.[5]


  1. ^ "John Whelan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b "John Whelan". Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Allegations of rigging as Labour Party selection convention ends in total chaos". Laois Nationalist. December 2010. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Dumpleton declares candidacy in left split". Offaly Express. 28 April 2011.
  5. ^ About Us Communicate Ireland.

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