Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran is an Irish politician who is Teachta Dála (TD) for the four-seater Longford & Westmeath constituency. He is a former member of Fianna Fáil and was elected to the Dáil on his third attempt at the 2016 general election, amassing 11,122 preferences. Boxer was also a member of Westmeath County Council between 1999 and 2016, and represented Fianna Fáil until 2011. In both 2009 and 2014 local elections, Boxer topped the poll, receiving 2,897 first preference votes in 2014.
In January 2006, he contested Fianna Fáil’s nomination to stand at the 2007 general election but was narrowly defeated at convention by Mary O’Rourke. As an Independent candidate, Boxer contested the 2014 Longford-Westmeath by-election, coming 4th with 5,629 first preference votes. He joined Deputy Shane Ross’s Independent Alliance for the February 2016 general election and took the 2nd seat with over 11,100 preferences. Upon entering Government with the Independent Alliance, Boxer has agreed to share the new Junior Ministry for the OPW and Flood Relief with his Galway East Independent Alliance TD, Deputy Sean Canney.
Boxer lives in Cornamagh, Athlone, is married to Michelle Fagg and they have two sons. Boxer has been a keen angler all his life and works hard to promote Lough Ree and improve its shoreline amenities. He has been involved in the organisation of many community events over the years including the Athlone St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Summer Festivals, TriAthlone and the European People’s Festival. He is an avid sports enthusiast and is a stalwart supporter of Athlone Town Football Club, GAA and Rugby events.
Boxer has a real passion for working on tourism and community projects and enjoys nothing better than getting ‘stuck into’ a Tidy Towns Project such as the enhancement of derelict buildings to improve a streetscape or by simply planting flower beds in and around his constituency.
Boxer is a self-employed businessman involving in the taxi business and he can easily relate to the concerns and challenges facing small to medium sized businesses. He pledges to continue to support and lobby on their behalf. As a former councillor, Boxer is extremely conscious of the need to address the current housing need and to assist people to better their everyday lives. One way of doing this is to continue to create the conditions for job creation in the constituency.
Boxer Moran came to national prominence during the widespread flooding that occurred in the midlands during the winter of 2015. In particular, Boxer was instrumental in leading a large team of volunteers in operating water pumps to prevent the River Shannon from flooding dozens of homes in imminent danger of the rising waters.
Boxer is passionate about helping people and since coming to office, he has already delivered on a number of key projects for the constituency. His political philosophy is simple – he is a ‘man in a hurry’ who knows all too well how many parts of Longford and Westmeath have been ignored for long enough – his ‘can do’ attitude is infectious which helps to instil positivity among people and projects that he is involved with. In summary, Boxer is about ‘delivering for the people.’