Is polaiteoir Éireannach é Ciarán Ó Canáin (Béarla: Ciarán Cannon), a roghnaíodh ina cheannaire ar an bPáirtí Daonlathach ar 17 Aibreán 2008, le dul in ionad Mháire Ní Áirne agus a bhí ina Teachta Dála do Fine Gael i nGaillimh Thoir níos deánaí tar éis Toghchán Ginearálta 2011. Bhí sé ar an gcéad Seanadóir a toghadh mar cheannaire i stair an pháirtí.
Tréimhse Mar Ionadaí Tofa
Toghadh Ciarán Ó Canáin ina ionadaí tofa poiblí an chéad uair mar chomhairleoir contae i mBarda Locha Riach i gContae na Gaillimhe, i dtoghcháin áitiúla 2004. Sheas sé in Olltoghchán 2007 i nGaillimh Thiar ach theip air suíochán a bhaint amach, cé gur cheap an Taoiseach chun an tSeanaid é ina dhiaidh sin. D'éirigh leis an bua a fháil ar an Seanadóir Fiona O'Malley, le bheith tofa mar cheannaire an Pháirtí Dhaonlathaigh i 2008.
Ciarán Cannon (born 19 September 1965) is an Irish politician and is the Minister of State for Training and Skills since March 2011. He is a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for Galway East since the 2011 general election. He is a former leader of the Progressive Democrats (PD) party.
Before entering politics he was CEO (2002–06) and secretary (2000–02) of IHCPT – The Irish Pilgrimage Trust. In 2002 he was honoured as one of the Galway People of the Year.
He was elected to Galway County Council in 2004 to represent the Loughrea electoral area with 1,307 first preferences. He received 3,321 first preferences in the 2007 poll.
He was an unsuccessful PD candidate at the 2007 general election for the Galway East constituency.
He was nominated by the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern to the Seanad as a Progressive Democrats member in 2007.
Cannon was elected as Leader of the Progressive Democrats on 17 April 2008. Cannon was the first leader of the Progressive Democrats to come from Seanad Éireann. At his first press conference as party leader Cannon stated that he believed "there was passion, commitment, talent and knowledge within the PDs' ranks to stage a big comeback".
However, after speculation increased that Noel Grealish, one of the party's two TDs, intended to leave the party, he announced in September 2008 that a party conference would be held on 8 November 2008 at which he would recommend that the party disband. At that conference, the delegates present voted by 201–161 that the party should disband.
Cannon announced on the 24 March 2009 his decision to resign the leadership of the Progressive Democrats and on the same day he joined Fine Gael.
On 10 March 2011, he was appointed as Minister of State for Training and Skills.