Patrick Cooney

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For the American bishop, see Patrick R. Cooney.

Patrick Mark "Paddy" Cooney (born 2 March 1931) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician.[1] Most notable as Minister for Justice from 1973 to 1977, he was a Teachta Dála (TD) for 15 years, a senator for four years, and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for five years.

Cooney was born in 1931 and was educated at Castleknock College and University College Dublin.[2] He first stood as a candidate for Dáil Éireann in the Longford–Westmeath constituency at the 1961 general election, but failed to win a seat, and he was defeated again in 1965 and 1969. However, after the death of the Fianna Fáil TD Patrick Lenihan, Cooney was elected to the 19th Dáil in the Longford–Westmeath by-election in April 1970.[3]

The 1973 general election brought a Fine Gael-Labour Party National Coalition government to power, and Cooney was appointed to Liam Cosgrave's Cabinet as Minister for Justice. He ordered the coffin of Frank Stagg, an IRA volunteer, to be covered in concrete.[4] In spite of being a high-profile Cabinet Minister he lost his seat at the 1977 general election but was elected to the 14th Seanad on the Cultural and Educational Panel. In 1979, at the first direct elections to the European Parliament, he stood unsuccessfully in the Connacht–Ulster constituency.

At the 1981 general election, he was returned to the Dáil again by his old Longford–Westmeath constituency. Cooney then held a number of positions in Garret FitzGerald's two governments. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Leinster constituency at the 1989 European Parliament elections, and did not contest the 1989 general election.


  1. ^ "Mr. Patrick Cooney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "MEPS – Patrick Mark Cooney". European Parliament. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Patrick Cooney". Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Behind Closed Doors: Cabinet Confidential. RTÉ. 2 January 2007

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Political offices
Preceded by
Desmond O'Malley
Minister for Justice
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Gerry Collins
Preceded by
Albert Reynolds
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
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John Wilson
Minister for Transport
Preceded by
Paddy Power
Minister for Defence
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Paddy O'Toole
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Gemma Hussey
Minister for Education
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Mary O'Rourke