Paddy Power (Irish politician)

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Paddy Power
Minister for Defence
In office
9 March 1982 – 14 December 1982
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byJames Tully
Succeeded byPatrick Cooney
Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism
In office
7 October 1982 – 27 October 1982
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byDesmond O'Malley
Succeeded byPádraig Flynn
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry
In office
12 December 1979 – 30 June 1981
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byBrian Lenihan
Succeeded byTom Fitzpatrick
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1969 – June 1989
ConstituencyKildare
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1977–1979
Personal details
Born(1928-11-19)19 November 1928
County Kildare, Ireland
Died14 August 2013(2013-08-14) (aged 84)
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
ChildrenSeán Power
J. J. Power

Patrick Power (19 November 1928 – 14 August 2013)[1] was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[2]

A national schoolteacher before entering politics, he was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare constituency at the 1969 general election.[3]

He served as Minister for Fisheries and Forestry from 1979 to June 1981 and Minister for Defence in the government of March to December 1982.[2] He was briefly Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism in October 1982 following the resignation of Desmond O'Malley to challenge for the leadership of the party. He was also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1977 to 1979.[3]

Power retired from politics at the 1989 general election. His son, Seán Power is a former TD and Minister of State.[3] Another son, J. J. Power, served as a Green Party councillor on Kildare County Council.[3] He died on 14 August 2013 in Caragh, County Kildare.[4] He had no connection with the Irish bookmakers of the same name.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Death notice of Paddy Power, Caragh, Kildare, Ireland". RIP.ie. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Mr. Paddy Power". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Paddy Power". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Former FF minister Paddy Power dies at 84". RTÉ News. 15 August 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Lenihan
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Tom Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
James Tully
Minister for Defence
1982
Succeeded by
Patrick Cooney
Preceded by
Desmond O'Malley
Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism
1982
Succeeded by
Pádraig Flynn