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Edward Collins (1 February 1941 – 4 March 2019) was an Irish Fine Gael politician.[1]

He first stood for election in the Waterford constituency at a by-election in 1966, but was unsuccessful.[2] He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for the Waterford constituency at the 1969 general election and was re-elected at each subsequent election until he was defeated at the 1987 general election.[1]

He served as a Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Energy under the 1981–82 coalition and was reappointed after the second 1982 election. He moved to the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism from 1983 until his dismissal in September 1986, after refusing the Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's request to resign because of failure to disclose a conflict of interest.[3] This related to his involvement with the Collins family's lamb processing businesses; he had stepped down as director of them upon appointment as junior minister, but an article by Fintan O'Toole in Magill alleged continued involvement.[4][5] He died on 4 March 2019, aged 78.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Edward Collins". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Edward Collins". Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Collins sacked after refusing Taoiseach's request to resign". The Irish Times. 24 September 1986. Retrieved 29 January 2008.
  4. ^ O'Toole, Fintan (September 1986). "The Minister, The Public's Money And Misleading The Dail". Magill. 9 (13): 8–19, 54. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  5. ^ Browne, Vincent (November 1986). "Garret And Eddie". Magill. 10 (1): 4–5. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Eddie Collins, former Fine Gael minister and TD, dies aged 78". Evening Echo. Retrieved 4 March 2019.