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Robert Molloy (9 July 1936 – 2 October 2016) was an Irish Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrats politician, who served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Minister for Local Government, Minister for Defence and Minister for Energy.[1]

Bobby Molloy
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
In office
8 July 1997 – 6 June 2002
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byMark Clinton
Succeeded byLiz McManus
Minister of State to the Government
In office
26 June 1997 – 6 June 2002
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byPat Rabbitte
Succeeded byLiz O'Donnell
Minister for Energy
In office
12 July 1989 – 4 November 1992
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Albert Reynolds
Preceded byMichael Smith
Succeeded byAlbert Reynolds
Minister for Defence
In office
5 July 1977 – 11 December 1979
TaoiseachJack Lynch
Preceded byOliver J. Flanagan
Succeeded byPádraig Faulkner
Minister for Local Government
In office
9 May 1970 – 14 March 1973
TaoiseachJack Lynch
Preceded byKevin Boland
Succeeded byJames Tully
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
In office
9 July 1969 – 9 May 1970
TaoiseachJack Lynch
Preceded byNew position
Succeeded byMichael O'Kennedy
Teachta Dála
In office
April 1965 – May 2002
ConstituencyGalway West
Personal details
Born
Robert Molloy

(1936-07-09)9 July 1936
Galway, Ireland
Died2 October 2016(2016-10-02) (aged 80)
Galway, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Fianna Fáil (until 1985)
Progressive Democrats (1985-2008)
Spouse(s)Phyllis Molloy
Children4
Alma materUniversity College Galway

Molloy was born in Galway and was educated at Coláiste Iognáid and University College Galway.[2] Molloy was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency at the 1965 general election.[3] In 1968 he was also elected Mayor of Galway. The following year he was appointed to the Cabinet as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education. From 1970 to 1973 he served as Minister for Local Government. When Fianna Fáil returned to power in 1977 he became Minister for Defence in the final government of Jack Lynch.

In 1979 Molloy supported George Colley in the Fianna Fáil leadership contest. However Charles Haughey was the eventual victor. After this Molloy was dropped from the Cabinet, becoming a member of the Gang of 22 who opposed Haughey's leadership of the party. In 1986 Molloy resigned from Fianna Fáil and joined the newly formed Progressive Democrats. In 1989 the party entered into coalition with Fianna Fáil, with Molloy becoming Minister for Energy. That same year he contested the European Parliament Elections but was unsuccessful in his attempt. He stood at the European Parliament elections again in 1994 but was again unsuccessful. Following the 1997 general election Molloy helped in the negotiations for forming the coalition government between the Progressive Democrats and Fianna Fáil. On that occasion he became Minister of State at the Department of the Environment.

Molloy retired from politics just before the 2002 general election amid controversy regarding constituency letters intervening in the rape case of Barbara Naughton.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Robert Molloy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  2. ^ Collins, Stephen (2 October 2016). "Former Galway TD Bobby Molloy dies at the age of 80: Long serving minister and founder of Progressive Democrats was TD for four decades". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Bobby Molloy". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Rape victim settles action against hospital". RTÉ News. 17 April 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2012.

SourcesEdit

  • Henry, William (2002). Role of Honour: The Mayors of Galway City 1485-2001. Galway: Galway City Council. OCLC 51023721 ASIN B003NECRYW
Civic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Tierney
Mayor of Galway
1968–1969
Succeeded by
Fintan Coogan Snr
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Gerald Bartley
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Galway West
1965–1986
Succeeded by
Molloy joins the Progressive Democrats
Preceded by
Molloy was formerly a member of Fianna Fáil
Progressive Democrats Teachta Dála for Galway West
1986–2002
Succeeded by
Noel Grealish
(Progressive Democrats)
Political offices
New office Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
1969–1970
Succeeded by
Michael O'Kennedy
Preceded by
Kevin Boland
Minister for Local Government
1970–1973
Succeeded by
James Tully
Preceded by
Oliver J. Flanagan
Minister for Defence
1977–1979
Succeeded by
Pádraig Faulkner
Preceded by
Michael Smith
Minister for Energy
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Albert Reynolds
Preceded by
Pat Rabbitte
Minister of State to the Government
1997–2002
Succeeded by
Liz O'Donnell
Preceded by
Liz McManus
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal
1997–2002
Succeeded by
Noel Ahern