Patrick Lalor

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For the 19th-century politician from Laois, see Patrick "Patt" Lalor.
Patrick Lalor
Government Chief Whip
In office
5 July 1977 – 1 July 1979
Preceded by John Kelly
Succeeded by Michael Woods
Minister of State at the Department of Defence
In office
5 July 1977 – 1 July 1979
Preceded by John Kelly
Succeeded by Michael Woods
Minister for Industry and Commerce
In office
9 May 1970 – 14 March 1973
Preceded by George Colley
Succeeded by Justin Keating
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
In office
2 July 1969 – 9 May 1970
Preceded by Erskine H. Childers
Succeeded by Gerry Collins
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1979–1994
Constituency Leinster
Teachta Dála
In office
1961–1981
Constituency Laois–Offaly
Personal details
Born (1926-07-21) 21 July 1926 (age 88)
County Laois, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil

Patrick Joseph "Paddy" Lalor (born 21 July 1926) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician and a well known hurling player for Laois.

Sporting career[edit]

Paddy Lalor was a member of the last Laois team to win the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship in 1949. Later that year he helped his club Abbeyleix to win the Laois Senior Hurling Championship.

He played football and hurling for his club and county for many years and is generally regarded as one of the most skilful hurlers to have pulled on the Blue and White jersey of Laois. This was evidenced by his selection in 1999 on the Laois Hurling Team of the Millennium.

Political career[edit]

He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for over twenty years, and a minister three times. He was elected to Dáil Éireann on his first attempt at the 1961 general election as a Fianna Fáil TD for Laois–Offaly in the 17th Dáil.[1] In 1965 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture. The following year Lalor became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Power and Posts and Telegraphs.

Following the 1969 election Lalor joined the cabinet of Jack Lynch as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs. In the cabinet reshuffle that took place following the Arms Crisis in 1970 he took over the Industry and Commerce portfolio, serving in that position until the 1973 general election, when a Fine GaelLabour Party coalition took power.

Fianna Fáil was re-elected in a landslide victory at the 1977 general election and Lalor became Parliamentary Secretary to the Taoiseach. In 1979 he was elected to the European Parliament for the Leinster constituency. He did not stand at the 1981 general election.[2] He was re-elected to the European Parliament in 1984 and 1989.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Patrick Lalor". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Patrick Lalor". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Erskine H. Childers
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
1969–1970
Succeeded by
Gerry Collins
Preceded by
George Colley
Minister for Industry and Commerce
1970–1973
Succeeded by
Justin Keating
Preceded by
John Kelly
Government Chief Whip
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Himself as
Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Himself as
Minister of State at the Department of Defence
Preceded by
Himself as
Parliamentary Secretary to the Taoiseach
Government Chief Whip
1978–1979
Succeeded by
Michael Woods
Preceded by
Himself as
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
Minister of State at the Department of Defence
1978–1979