John Boland (Fine Gael politician)

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John Boland
Minister for Health
In office
20 January 1987 – 10 March 1987
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Barry Desmond
Succeeded by Rory O'Hanlon
Minister for the Environment
In office
14 February 1986 – 10 March 1987
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Liam Kavanagh
Succeeded by Pádraig Flynn
Minister for the Public Service
In office
14 December 1982 – 14 February 1986
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Gene Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Ruairi Quinn
Minister for Education
In office
30 June 1981 – 9 March 1982
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by John P. Wilson
Succeeded by Martin O'Donoghue
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977 – June 1989
Constituency Dublin North
In office
June 1977 – June 1981
Constituency Dublin County North
Senator
In office
4 February 1969 – 20 June 1977
Constituency Labour Panel
Personal details
Born John James Boland
(1944-11-30)30 November 1944
Parnell Square, Dublin, Ireland
Died 14 August 2000(2000-08-14) (aged 55)
Skerries, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Kay Boland nee Kennedy (m. 1974)
Children 2
Education Synge Street CBS
Alma mater

John James Boland (30 November 1944 – 14 August 2000) was an Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Minister for Health from January 1987 to March 1987, Minister for the Environment from 1986 to 1987, Minister for the Public Service from 1982 to 1986 and Minister for Education from 1981 to 1982. He served as a Teachta Dála from 1977 to 1989. He served as a Senator for the Labour Panel from 1969 to 1977.[1]

John Boland was born in Dublin in 1944. He was educated at Synge Street Christian Brothers School and University College Dublin where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Boland first became involved in politics in 1967 when he was elected to Dublin County Council. He served on that authority until 1981. Boland first ran for the Dáil Éireann at the 1969 general election, however, he was unsuccessful. He did secure election to Seanad Éireann on the Labour Panel, becoming the youngest ever Senator at the time. He was re-elected to the Seanad in 1973.

Boland was eventually elected to Dáil on his third attempt at the 1977 general election as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin County North constituency.[2] He retained his seat at each election until losing it at the 1989 general election. Boland was immediately appointed to the Opposition front bench as spokesperson on Health. He later served as spokesperson on the Environment. In 1981 Fine Gael formed a government with the Labour Party, with Boland becoming Minister for Education. He later served in a range of portfolios in Garret FitzGerald's second government, including Minister for the Public Service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. John Boland". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "John Boland". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Wilson
Minister for Education
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Martin O'Donoghue
Preceded by
Gene Fitzgerald
Minister for the Public Service
1982–1986
Succeeded by
Ruairi Quinn
Preceded by
Liam Kavanagh
Minister for the Environment
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Pádraig Flynn
Preceded by
Barry Desmond
Minister for Health
1987
Succeeded by
Rory O'Hanlon