Pádraig Faulkner

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Pádraig Faulkner
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
In office
16 October 1980 – 30 June 1981
Preceded by Joseph Brennan
Succeeded by John O'Connell
Minister for Defence
In office
12 December 1979 – 15 October 1980
Preceded by Bobby Molloy
Succeeded by Sylvester Barrett
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
In office
5 July 1977 – 11 December 1979
Preceded by Conor Cruise O'Brien
Succeeded by Albert Reynolds
Minister for Tourism and Transport
In office
5 July 1977 – 11 December 1979
Preceded by Tom Fitzpatrick
Succeeded by George Colley
Minister for Education
In office
2 July 1969 – 14 March 1973
Preceded by Brian Lenihan
Succeeded by Richard Burke
Minister for the Gaeltacht
In office
27 March 1968 – 2 July 1969
Preceded by Micheál Ó Móráin
Succeeded by George Colley
Minister for Lands
In office
27 March 1968 – 2 July 1969
Preceded by Micheál Ó Móráin
Succeeded by Seán Flanagan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Gaeltacht
In office
21 April 1965 – 27 March 1968
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by Position abolished
Teachta Dála
In office
20 March 1957 – 20 January 1987
Constituency Louth
Personal details
Born (1918-03-12)12 March 1918
Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Died 1 June 2012(2012-06-01) (aged 94)
Drogheda, County Louth
Political party Fianna Fáil
Occupation National school teacher

Pádraig Faulkner (12 March 1918 – 1 June 2012) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was first elected in 1957 as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency, serving until 1987.[1] Faulkner also served as Minister for Lands, Minister for the Gaeltacht, Minister for Education, Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Minister for Tourism and Transport, Minister for Defence and Ceann Comhairle.

Faulkner was born in Dundalk, County Louth in 1918. He was educated at Dundalk CBS and St Patrick's College of Education in Drumcondra, Dublin, where he qualified as a national school teacher. Faulkner grew up in Dunleer in South Louth, where his father was a strong supporter of Fine Gael, while his mother supported the more Republican Fianna Fáil party. He favoured his mother's political outlook, and joined Fianna Fáil. Faulkner unsuccessfully contested the Louth by-election in 1954 but at the 1957 general election he was elected to Dáil Éireann.[2]

In 1965 Faulkner was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Gaeltacht by the Taoiseach, Seán Lemass. He was appointed to the Cabinet by the new Taoiseach Jack Lynch in 1968, and served in every Fianna Fáil-led government until 1980. During the Arms Crisis he was a Lynch loyalist. He was one of a number of senior TDs who organised the assembly of TDs and Senators in Dublin Airport to welcome Lynch home from the United States after the defendants had been found not guilty at the Arms Trial. Nine years later in 1979 one of those defendants, Charles Haughey, was elected Taoiseach. Faulkner was retained in the Cabinet until 1980 when he was elected Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann.

Following the election of a new Ceann Comhairle immediately after the 1981 general election, he retired to the backbenches before retiring completely from politics at the 1987 general election. In a Dáil career that spanned thirty years, his most notable achievements include the introduction of the legislation to establish two commercial semi-State companies, An Post and Telecom Éireann. Faulkner was subsequently appointed to the Council of State by President Patrick Hillery in 1990.

He died at the age of 94 on 1 June 2012.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Pádraig Faulkner". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pádraig Faulkner". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Former Ceann Comhairle Pádraig Faulkner dies aged 94". RTÉ News. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
Political offices
New office Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Gaeltacht
1965–1968
Office abolished
Preceded by
Micheál Ó Móráin
Minister for Lands
1968–1969
Succeeded by
Seán Flanagan
Minister for the Gaeltacht
1968–1969
Succeeded by
George Colley
Preceded by
Brian Lenihan
Minister for Education
1969–1973
Succeeded by
Richard Burke
Preceded by
Conor Cruise O'Brien
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
1977–1979
Succeeded by
Albert Reynolds
Preceded by
Tom Fitzpatrick
Minister for Tourism and Transport
1977–1979
Succeeded by
George Colley
Preceded by
Bobby Molloy
Minister for Defence
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Sylvester Barrett
Preceded by
Joseph Brennan
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
1980–1981
Succeeded by
John O'Connell