Paddy Harte

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Paddy Harte
Minister of State for Telecommunications
In office
10 July 1981 – 9 March 1982
Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald
Preceded by Mark Killilea Jnr
Succeeded by Terry Leyden
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1981 – June 1997
Constituency Donegal North-East
In office
July 1977 – June 1981
Constituency Donegal
In office
October 1961 – July 1977
Constituency Donegal North-East
Personal details
Born (1931-07-26)26 July 1931
Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland
Died 8 January 2018(2018-01-08) (aged 86)
Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Rosaleen Harte (m. 1953–2018, his death)
Children 9
Occupation Butcher

Paddy Harte OBE (26 July 1931 – 8 January 2018) was an Irish Fine Gael politician who served for 36 years as Teachta Dála (TD) for Donegal North-East.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

He was born in 1931 in Lifford, County Donegal. His son, Jimmy Harte, is a former Labour Party Senator.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to the 17th Dáil at the 1961 general election, and re-elected at eleven further general elections.[2] In the 22nd Dáil, from 1981 to 1982, he was Minister of State at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's government. In 1989 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Connacht–Ulster constituency at the elections to the European Parliament. He lost his seat at the 1997 general election to the Independent Fianna Fáil candidate Harry Blaney, and unsuccessfully contested the 1997 elections to Seanad Éireann on the Industrial and Commercial Panel. After this, he retired from politics.


After his retirement he was involved in a number of projects, including (along with Glen Barr) the Messines Island of Ireland Peace Park in West Flanders in Belgium. This park was officially opened in November 1998 by President Mary McAleese, Queen Elizabeth II and King Albert II of Belgium to commemorate all Irishmen who died in World War I.

Harte died the morning of 8 January 2018 at the age of 86.[3]


He was appointed an Honorary OBE in October 2006 for his ecumenical works. He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the National University of Ireland in September 2007 in recognition of his contribution to politics.


  • Paddy Harte, Young Tigers and Mongrel Foxes: A life in politics, The O'Brien Press, Dublin, 2005.


  1. ^ "Mr. Paddy Harte". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Paddy Harte". Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Donegal North-East
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Donegal
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Donegal North-East
Succeeded by
Harry Blaney
(Independent Fianna Fáil)
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Killilea Jnr
Minister of State for Telecommunications
Succeeded by
Terry Leyden