Gene Fitzgerald

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Gene FitzGerald
Minister for Finance
In office
16 December 1980 – 30 June 1981
Preceded by Michael O'Kennedy
Succeeded by John Bruton
Minister for the Public Service
In office
9 March 1982 – 14 December 1982
Preceded by Liam Kavanagh
Succeeded by John Boland
In office
24 March 1980 – 30 June 1981
Preceded by Michael O'Kennedy
Succeeded by Liam Kavanagh
Minister for Labour
In office
9 March 1982 – 14 December 1982
Preceded by Liam Kavanagh
Succeeded by Liam Kavanagh
In office
5 July 1977 – 16 December 1980
Preceded by Liam Kavanagh
Succeeded by Liam Kavanagh
Personal details
Born (1932-08-21)21 August 1932
Crookstown, County Cork, Ireland
Died 14 December 2007(2007-12-14) (aged 75)
Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Noreen FitzGerald
Children 5

Eugene (Gene) Fitzgerald (21 August 1932 – 14 December 2007) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and company director. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), and also served as Minister for Labour and Minister for Finance.[1]

Gene Fitzgerald was born in Crookstown, County Cork in August 1932. He was educated nearby in Cork at the Presentation Brothers College. Fitzgerald was first elected to Dáil Éireann in a by-election in 1972.[2] He remained as a Fianna Fáil TD for the constituency of Cork South–Central for 15 years. He was also involved in local politics, serving as a member of Cork County Council from 1974 until 1977. Fitzgerald was also Vice-President of the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

Fitzgerald was first appointed to the Irish Government in 1977 when he became Minister for Labour under Jack Lynch. He backed George Colley in the 1979 Fianna Fáil leadership election but retained his office under the eventual victor, Charles Haughey. His appointment as Minister for Finance in 1980 caused some political commentators to be taken aback, particularly because of his political inexperience and also Fitzgerald had never been named as a possible Finance Minister. From then on he backed Haughey in the leadership heaves of 1982. In Haughey's second government Fitzgerald returned to the position of Minister for Labour.

Fitzgerald contested the 1984 European election in the Munster constituency and won a seat. He remained a TD until he stood down at the 1987 general election to concentrate on European politics instead of national politics. He was re-elected as an MEP in the 1989 elections. Fitzgerald retired from public office at the 1994 election, although he remained involved in the Fianna Fáil party as a Treasurer and subsequently as Honorary Secretary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Gene Fitzgerald". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gene Fitzgerald". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Paddy Forde
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork Mid
19721981
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork South–Central
19811987
Succeeded by
John Dennehy
(Fianna Fáil)
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael O'Leary
Minister for Labour
1977–1980
Succeeded by
Tom Nolan
Preceded by
Michael O'Kennedy
Minister for Finance
1980–1981
Succeeded by
John Bruton
Minister for the Public Service
1980–1981
Succeeded by
Liam Kavanagh
Preceded by
Liam Kavanagh
Minister for Labour
1982
Succeeded by
Liam Kavanagh
Minister for the Public Service
1982
Succeeded by
John Boland
European Parliament
Preceded by
Noel Davern
(Fianna Fáil)
Member of the European Parliament for Munster
19841994
Succeeded by
Seat abolished