Joseph Brennan (Irish politician)

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Joseph Brennan
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
In office
5 July 1977 – 13 July 1980
Preceded by Seán Treacy
Succeeded by Pádraig Faulkner
Minister for Social Welfare
In office
6 May 1970 – 14 March 1973
Preceded by Kevin Boland
Succeeded by Brendan Corish
Minister for Labour
In office
2 July 1969 – 14 March 1973
Preceded by Patrick Hillery
Succeeded by Michael O'Leary
Minister for Social Welfare
In office
16 November 1966 – 2 July 1969
Preceded by Kevin Boland
Succeeded by Kevin Boland
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
In office
21 April 1965 – 10 November 1966
Preceded by Michael Hilliard
Succeeded by Erskine H. Childers
Government Chief Whip
In office
11 October 1961 – 21 April 1965
Preceded by Donnchadh Ó Briain
Succeeded by Michael Carty
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence
In office
11 October 1961 – 21 April 1965
Preceded by Donnchadh Ó Briain
Succeeded by Michael Carty
Personal details
Born (1912-02-14)14 February 1912
Dunkineely, County Donegal, Ireland
Died 13 July 1980(1980-07-13) (aged 68)
Bruckless, County Donegal, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Children 5
Occupation Auctioneer

Joseph Brennan (14 February 1912 – 13 July 1980) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[1] He was born in Dunkineely in County Donegal. He was educated locally and developed great skill at Gaelic football, playing for his county team.

Brennan was elected as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Donegal West constituency at the 1951 general election and was re-elected at each election until his death.[2] As constituency boundaries were changed, he represented Donegal South–West from 1961–1969, Donegal–Leitrim from 1969–1977, and Donegal from 1977–1980.

In 1959 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance, becoming Parliamentary Secretary to the Taoiseach after the 1961 general election. Brennan joined the cabinet of Seán Lemass in 1965 when he became Minister for Posts and Telegraphs.

The following year he became Minister for Social Welfare. Following the 1969 general election he became Minister for Labour. In the wake of the Arms Crisis in 1970 he also took on the Social Welfare portfolio. The 1973 general election returned a Fine GaelLabour Party "National Coalition" government, Fianna Fáil were returned to power at the 1977 general election. Brennan became Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, a position he held until his death in 1980, aged 68.

The by-election for his seat in the Donegal constituency was held on 6 November 1980, and won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Clement Coughlan.

He was president of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland between 1934 and 1938.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Joseph Brennan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Joseph Brennan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Gerald Bartley
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Donogh O'Malley
Preceded by
Donnchadh Ó Briain
Government Chief Whip
1957–1961
Succeeded by
Michael Carty
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
1957–1961
Succeeded by
Michael Carty
Preceded by
Michael Hilliard
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Erskine H. Childers
Preceded by
Kevin Boland
Minister for Social Welfare
1966–1969
Succeeded by
Kevin Boland
Preceded by
Patrick Hillery
Minister for Labour
1969–1973
Succeeded by
Michael O'Leary
Preceded by
Kevin Boland
Minister for Social Welfare
1970–1973
Succeeded by
Brendan Corish
Preceded by
Seán Treacy
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
1977–1980
Succeeded by
Pádraig Faulkner
Party political offices
Preceded by
New position
Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil
1973–1977
Succeeded by
George Colley