Ken Smollen (born 1960 or 1961)[1] is an Irish politician who is Chairman of the Irish Democratic Party.[2] He is one of the founding members of the party.[1] Smollen currently sits on Offaly County Council, having been elected for the Tullamore electoral area in 2019.

Ken Smollen
Member of Offaly County Council
Assumed office
May 2019
Personal details
Political partyIrish Democratic Party
ResidenceClara, County Offaly

From Tullamore, Smollen resides in Clara, County Offaly.[3] He is a former sergeant in the Garda Síochána.[4] He served for more than three decades.[1] Each month, the Ken Smollen Food Appeal gives food packages to more than 400 families.[5]

Smollen ran as a candidate for the Irish Democratic Party in the newly formed Offaly constituency at the 2016 Irish general election.[6]

At the 2019 Offaly County Council election, he ran in the Tullamore electoral area and won a seat.[7]

He was a candidate for the Irish Democratic Party in the reformed Laois–Offaly constituency at the 2020 Irish general election, gaining 3.76% of first preference votes, and was eliminated on the sixth count.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "He is one of the founding members of the Irish Democratic Party". Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  2. ^ Molloy, Amy (19 December 2016). "'An engineer whose only crime was to listen to the advice of banks' - Homeless man shares story to raise awareness". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Big blow for Sinn Féin while Greens claim first seat: Retired garda, and founder of the Irish Democratic Party, wins seat". The Irish Times. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  4. ^ Henderson, Stan (4 April 2016). "Politicians accused of 'going round a wheel like hamsters'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Smollen confirms election run". Offaly Independent. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Ken Smollen". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Smollen was elected to Offaly County Council in 2019". Retrieved 12 February 2020.