Vincent Brady

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Vincent Brady
Minister for Defence
In office
14 November 1991 – 11 February 1992
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Preceded by Brendan Daly
Succeeded by John Wilson
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
In office
6 February 1991 – 11 November 1991
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Preceded by Brendan Daly
Succeeded by John O'Donoghue
Government Chief Whip
In office
10 March 1987 – 14 November 1991
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Preceded by Fergus O'Brien
Succeeded by Dermot Ahern
Minister of State at the Department of Defence
In office
10 March 1987 – 14 November 1991
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Preceded by Fergus O'Brien
Succeeded by Dermot Ahern
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977 – November 1992
Constituency Dublin North-Central
Personal details
Born (1936-03-14) 14 March 1936 (age 81)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Alma mater Dublin Institute of Technology

Vincent Brady (born 14 March 1936) is an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician.[1] He served under Taoiseach Charles Haughey as Government Chief Whip (1987–1991) and Minister for Defence (1991–1992).

Early life[edit]

Brady was born in Dublin in 1936. He was educated at St Canices CBS and O'Connells CBS North Richmond Street (Congregation of Christian Brothers School) in Dublin, and the College of Commerce in Rathmines. Before embarking on a career in politics, he was a director of a company engaged in machinery distribution, which he had founded in 1970.

Political career[edit]

Brady was elected to Dáil Éireann at his first attempt, in the 1977 general election for the Dublin North–Central constituency.[2] Two years later he became involved in local politics, when he was elected to Dublin City Council.

When in 1979 Fianna Fáil faced its first leadership election since 1966, Brady backed his constituency colleague Charles Haughey against the only other contender, George Colley. Haughey won, and Brady continued to back him during the three attempts in the early 1980s to displace Haughey from the party leadership.

During the early 1980s, Brady was a member of the Council of Europe. In 1984 he joined the front bench of the party as Chief Whip. He was re-elected to Dublin City Council in 1985, having topped the poll in Dublin Clontarf and received the highest vote in the country. When Fianna Fáil returned to government in 1987, Brady was appointed Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and Defence, the Government Chief Whip. He served in that position until November 1991, when he joined the cabinet as Minister for Defence. He remained in that position until February 1992, when Albert Reynolds became Taoiseach and sacked Brady, along with many other senior ministers who had served under Haughey. Brady retired from politics at the 1992 general election. After his retirement from politics, he concentrated on continuing the development of his distribution business.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Vincent Brady". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Vincent Brady". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Fergus O'Brien
Government Chief Whip
1987–1991
Succeeded by
Dermot Ahern
Minister of State at the Department of Defence
1987–1991
Preceded by
Brendan Daly
Minister of State at the Department of Finance
Feb–Nov 1991
Succeeded by
John O'Donoghue
Minister for Defence
1991–1992
Succeeded by
John Wilson