Paddy Power (Irish politician)

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Paddy Power
Minister for Defence
In office
9 March 1982 14 December 1982
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Preceded by James Tully
Succeeded by Patrick Cooney
Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism
In office
7 October 1982 27 October 1982
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Preceded by Desmond O'Malley
Succeeded by Pádraig Flynn
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry
In office
12 December 1979 30 June 1981
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Preceded by Brian Lenihan
Succeeded by Tom Fitzpatrick
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1969 June 1989
Constituency Kildare
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1977–1979
Personal details
Born(1928-11-19)19 November 1928
County Kildare, Ireland
Died14 August 2013(2013-08-14) (aged 84)
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Children Seán Power
J. J. Power

Patrick Power (19 November 1928 – 14 August 2013) [1] was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. [2]

Fianna Fáil, officially Fianna Fáil – The Republican Party, is a conservative political party in Ireland.

A national schoolteacher before entering politics, he was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare constituency at the 1969 general election. [3]

Dáil Éireann Lower house of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament)

Dáil Éireann is the lower house, and principal chamber, of the Oireachtas, which also includes the President of Ireland and Seanad Éireann. It currently consists of 158 members, known as Teachta Dála. TDs represent 40 constituencies, and are directly elected at least once every five years under the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (STV). Its powers are similar to those of lower houses under many other bicameral parliamentary systems and it is by far the dominant branch of the Oireachtas. Subject to the limits imposed by the Constitution of Ireland, it has power to pass any law it wishes, and to nominate and remove the Taoiseach. Since 1922, it has met in Leinster House in Dublin.

A TD is a member of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas. It is the equivalent of terms such as 'Member of Parliament' (MP) or 'Member of Congress' used in other countries. The official translation of the term is 'Deputy to the Dáil', although a more literal translation is "Assembly Delegate".

Kildare was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1923 to 1937 and from 1948 to 1997. The method of election was the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

He served as Minister for Fisheries and Forestry from 1979 to June 1981 and Minister for Defence in the government of March to December 1982. [2] He was briefly Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism in October 1982 following the resignation of Desmond O'Malley to challenge for the leadership of the party. He was also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1977 to 1979. [3]

Minister for Defence (Ireland) Irish cabinet minister

The Minister for Defence is the senior minister at the Department of Defence in the Government of Ireland. The current Minister for Defence is Leo Varadkar, TD.

Desmond Joseph O'Malley is an Irish former politician. Once prominent as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) and government minister in the 1970s and 1980s, he went on to found the Progressive Democrats and serve as the party's first leader from 1985 until 1993. He retired from politics at the 2002 general election.

Member of the European Parliament person who has been elected to the European Parliament

A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) is a person who has been elected to serve as a popular representative in the European Parliament.

Power retired from politics at the 1989 general election. His son, Seán Power is a former TD and Minister of State. [3] Another son, J. J. Power, served as a Green Party councillor on Kildare County Council. [3] He died on 14 August 2013 in Caragh, County Kildare. [4] He had no connection with the Irish bookmakers of the same name.

1989 Irish general election

The 1989 Irish general election was held on Thursday 15 June 1989, three weeks after the dissolution of the Dáil on 25 May. The newly elected 166 members of the 26th Dáil assembled at Leinster House on 29 June. However, a new Taoiseach and a Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats government were not appointed until 12 July.

Seán Power is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare South constituency.

A Minister of State in Ireland is of non-Cabinet rank attached to one or more Departments of State of the Government of Ireland and assists a Minister of that Government.

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References

  1. "Death notice of Paddy Power, Caragh, Kildare, Ireland". RIP.ie. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Mr. Paddy Power". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Paddy Power". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  4. "Former FF minister Paddy Power dies at 84". RTÉ News . 15 August 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Lenihan
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Tom Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
James Tully
Minister for Defence
1982
Succeeded by
Patrick Cooney
Preceded by
Desmond O'Malley
Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism
1982
Succeeded by
Pádraig Flynn