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For the American football coach, see Charles G. Flanagan. For the Major League Baseball player, see Charlie Flannigan.
Charles Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan 2014.jpg
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Assumed office
11 July 2014
Preceded by Eamon Gilmore
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
In office
8 May 2014 – 11 July 2014
Preceded by Frances Fitzgerald
Succeeded by James Reilly
Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party
In office
9 March 2011 – 8 May 2014
Preceded by Pádraic McCormack
Succeeded by Dan Neville
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
24 May 2007
In office
17 February 1987 – 17 May 2002
Constituency Laois–Offaly
Personal details
Born (1956-11-01) 1 November 1956 (age 59)
Mountmellick, County Laois, Ireland
Political party Fine Gael
Alma mater University College Dublin

Charles "Charlie" Flanagan (born 1 November 1956) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He is a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Laois–Offaly constituency.[1] On 11 July 2014, he was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Flanagan was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1987 general election, succeeding his father Oliver J. Flanagan. He retained his seat at each election until losing it at the 2002 general election, but regained it at the 2007 general election.[2] He was a member of Laois County Council from 1985 until he stepped down in 2004. He was party spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Law Reform from 2007 to 2010, and was the party spokesperson on Children from 2010 to 2011.[3]

He was chairperson of the Fine Gael parliamentary party from June 2011 to May 2014.[4]

Following the resignation on 7 May 2014 of Alan Shatter as Minister for Justice and Minister for Defence, Flanagan was appointed on 8 May as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to succeed Frances Fitzgerald who assumed the Justice portfolio. On 11 July 2014, Flanagan was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, succeeding the former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.


  1. ^ "Mr. Charles Flanagan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Charles Flanagan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bruton & Noonan return to Fine Gael frontbench". RTÉ News. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dan Neville elected as Fine Gael party chairman". The Irish Times. 14 May 2014. 

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Preceded by
Oliver Flanagan
Fine Gael
Fine Gael Teachta Dála
for Laois–Offaly

Succeeded by
Tom Parlon
Progressive Democrats
Preceded by
Tom Parlon
Progressive Democrats
Fine Gael Teachta Dála
for Laois–Offaly

Party political offices
Preceded by
Pádraic McCormack
Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party
Succeeded by
Dan Neville
Political offices
Preceded by
Frances Fitzgerald
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Succeeded by
James Reilly
Preceded by
Eamon Gilmore
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 01:04:42 -0800

The Dublin government today announces an ambitious programme of events to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme next year. The bravery of the 36th Ulster Division, in particular, has been airbrushed from history in the Republic for far too long ...

Sun Sentinel

Sun Sentinel
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:31:42 -0700

A fight among five boys on the campus of Charles W. Flanagan High School at lunchtime Thursday led to two students getting hurt, including one who was pistol-whipped with a BB gun, Pembroke Pines police said. "This group was involved in altercations in ...
Worcester Telegram
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:09:08 -0800

"Working with the WPI Innovation Center has been a mutually beneficial experience," according to Charles Flanagan, president and CEO of Worcester Manufacturing, which owns Independent Plating. "The students obtained valuable experience working in ...

Londonderry Today

Londonderry Today
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:07:30 -0800

The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, visited Londonderry today, Wednesday, to affirm support for the A5 road project and to announced his decision to provide €2.5 million for the North West Gateway Initiative. As part ...


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:11:42 -0800

In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Charles Flanagan said the process his office developed to handle a backlog of 13,000 child abuse and neglect cases was sound, but misunderstood by his critics. "Greg McKay did not understand the facts ...

Washington Post

Wall Street Journal
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:26:15 -0800

Ireland's government also hailed the agreement, but Charles Flanagan, the country's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it was regrettable the parties had failed to establish institutions to deal with sensitive issues of Northern Ireland's ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:07:37 -0800

On July 11th, 2014, I was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. That afternoon I called Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to discuss how we could best work together as co-guarantors of the peace process. Our ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:00:25 -0800

Hammond discussed benefits restrictions with Ireland's foreign minister Charles Flanagan on two occasions in the past year – in December and in June – providing explicit assurances, according to an Irish government document seen by the Guardian.

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