Ciarán Cannon T.D. was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills in March 2011. He has been a public representative since 2004, was nominated to Seanad Éireann in 2007 and in 2011 was elected as a TD representing the people of East Galway.

Minister Cannon has delegated responsibility for Further Education and Training and School Transport.

As Minister for Training and Skills, he is leading the modernisation of the Further Education and Training sectors through the establishment of the new authority SOLAS (Seirbhísí Oideachais agus Scileanna). He is determined that SOLAS will deliver on the lifelong needs of adult learners especially unemployed people and those seeking to upskill and reskill.

Ciarán Cannon was CEO of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and is still actively involved in the Trust’s fund raising and voluntary activities. Ciarán is married to Niamh Lawless and has one son.

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