Kevin "Boxer" Moran

Kevin Moran (born 12 May 1963) is an Irish independent politician who has served as Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief since June 2017. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Longford–Westmeath constituency from 2016 to 2020, [1] when he narrowly lost his seat.

Kevin Moran
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Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief
Assumed office
20 June 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded bySeán Canney
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2016 – February 2020
ConstituencyLongford–Westmeath
Personal details
Born (1968-05-12) 12 May 1968 (age 51)
Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Fianna Fáil (until 2011)
Spouse(s)Michelle Fagg (m. 1999)
Children2
Alma materAthlone Institute of Technology
Websitekevinboxermoran.com

He was a member of Westmeath County Council from 1999 to 2016, and represented Fianna Fáil until 2011.[2][3] In January 2006, he contested Fianna Fáil's nomination to stand at the 2007 general election, being narrowly defeated by Mary O'Rourke.[4] He contested the 2014 by-election, but failed to win a seat. He joined the Independent Alliance for the 2016 election.[3] After being elected to Dáil Éireann in February 2016, he voted for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach on 6 May 2016, allowing Kenny to become the first Leader of Fine Gael re-elected to this office.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Moran left school at 13 with severe dyslexia, and started work in the building trade, later moving on to develop a taxi business. He has spoken about other problems in his life, including the death of a brother, which have caused him to attempt suicide.[6][7]

He is married and lives in Athlone.[8]

Moran is often referred to by the nickname "Boxer", a nickname which arose from him hitting an opponent in a football game at the age of 12.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kevin Moran". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Kevin Moran". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Election 2016: Kevin "Boxer" Moran". RTÉ. 29 February 2016.
  4. ^ "O'Rourke Sparks Row Over 'Blacks' Remark". Irish Independent. 9 January 2006.
  5. ^ "Enda Kenny is re-elected as Taoiseach in the Dáil". Newstalk. 6 May 2016. Archived from the original on 21 November 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  6. ^ Kitty Holland (19 May 2017). "Kevin 'Boxer' Moran TD reveals bid to take his own life". Irish Times. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ "'Boxer' Moran: 'Yes, I have difficulties with reading, but I am as clever a man as you will ever meet'". thejournal.ie. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  8. ^ "About me". Kevin "Boxer" Moran. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  9. ^ Pope, Conor. "'Boxer' Moran has the aura of a champion among Athlone fans". The Irish Times. Retrieved 22 February 2016.