Máirín Lynch

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Máirín Lynch
Spouse of the Taoiseach
In office
5 July 1977 – 11 December 1979
President Patrick Hillery
Taoiseach Jack Lynch
Preceded by Vera Cosgrave
Succeeded by Maureen Haughey
In office
10 November 1966 – 14 March 1973
President Eamon de Valera
Taoiseach Jack Lynch
Preceded by Kathleen Lemass
Succeeded by Vera Cosgrave
Personal details
Born Máirín Rita O'Connor
(1916-08-14)14 August 1916
Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Died 8 June 2004(2004-06-08) (aged 87)
Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland
Resting place St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Jack Lynch (m. 1946; d. 1999)
Alma mater Dublin City University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Máirín Rita Lynch (née O'Connor; 14 August 1916 – 8 June 2004) was the wife of former Taoiseach Jack Lynch.

Máirín O'Connor was born in Dublin in 1916. Her father was a naval doctor lost at sea during World War I; her mother worked for the Dublin Industrial Development Association. She met her future husband Jack Lynch, a player on both the Cork senior hurling and football teams, in the early 1940s. The couple married on 10 August 1946. Jack Lynch later served as a government minister throughout the 1950s, before rising to the position of Fianna Fáil leader and Taoiseach in 1966. It was only after consultation with his wife that Lynch allowed his name to go forward to succeed Seán Lemass. From that moment on, Máirín Lynch became a highly recognised and respected member in the public eye. She was ever-present at her husband's side and was a trusted confidante and steady influence on him, particularly during the Arms Crisis.[1]

Máirín Lynch died in Dublin on 8 June 2004.[2]

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