Martin O'Donoghue

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Martin O'Donoghue
In office
February 1983 – April 1987
ConstituencyAdministrative Panel
Minister for Education
In office
9 March 1982 – 6 October 1982
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byJohn Boland
Succeeded byCharles Haughey
Minister for Economic Planning and Development
In office
8 July 1977 – 11 December 1979
TaoiseachJack Lynch
Preceded byNew position
Succeeded byMichael O'Kennedy
Minister without portfolio
In office
5 July 1977 – 8 July 1977
TaoiseachJack Lynch
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977 – November 1982
ConstituencyDún Laoghaire
Personal details
Born(1933-05-19)19 May 1933
Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
Died20 July 2018(2018-07-20) (aged 85)
Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Alma materTrinity College Dublin

Martin O'Donoghue (19 May 1933 – 20 July 2018) was an Irish politician and economist.[1] He served as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) and Senator and was one of six TDs to be appointed Minister on their first day in the Dáil. He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin and served on the Board of the O'Reilly Foundation.


O'Donoghue was born in Dublin. He was educated in Crumlin and worked as a waiter in Dublin, becoming a mature student at Trinity College Dublin and being awarded a PhD in economics by the University of Dublin.


From 1962 to 1964 and from 1967 to 1969 he was economic consultant at the Departments of Education and Finance respectively. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 1969 and promoted to Associate Professor of Economics there in 1970. Between 1970 and 1973 O'Donoghue was economic adviser to the Taoiseach Jack Lynch.


At the 1977 general election O'Donoghue was elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Dún Laoghaire constituency.[2] He was chief author of the election manifesto which saw Fianna Fáil achieve an unprecedented twenty-seat majority. O'Donoghue was appointed Minister for Economic Planning and Development on his first day in office as a TD.[3] In 1979, Charles Haughey became Taoiseach and O'Donoghue's ministerial position was abolished. In 1982 O'Donoghue was returned to Cabinet as Minister for Education. He resigned from the government in October 1982, when he refused to support Haughey in a leadership challenge, and in November 1982 lost his Dáil seat at the general election.

O'Donoghue entered Seanad Éireann after losing his Dáil seat. He remained in the Seanad until 1987. Later he left Fianna Fáil, becoming a supporter of the Progressive Democrats.[3]

Later career[edit]

O'Donoghue returned to academia until his retirement in 1995. In 1998 he became a director of the Central Bank of Ireland, serving with this and its successor body until the end of April 2008. He was also a member of the Scholarship Board of the O'Reilly Foundation.

He died on 20 July 2018.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Mr. Martin O'Donoghue". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Martin O'Donoghue". Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Former Fianna Fáil minister Martin O'Donoghue dies". RTÉ News. 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Death notice". Irish Times. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minister without portfolio
Succeeded by
New office Minister for Economic Planning and Development
Succeeded by
Michael O'Kennedy
Preceded by
John Boland
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Charles Haughey