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Eugene James[citation needed] Fitzgerald (21 August 1932 – 14 December 2007) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister for Finance from 1980 to 1981, Minister for the Public Service from 1980 to 1981 to March 1982 to December 1982, Minister for Labour from 1977 to 1980 and March 1982 to December 1982. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1972 to 1987. He was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Munster constituency from 1984 to 1994.[1]

Gene FitzGerald
Minister for Finance
In office
16 December 1980 – 30 June 1981
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byMichael O'Kennedy
Succeeded byJohn Bruton
Minister for the Public Service
In office
9 March 1982 – 14 December 1982
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byMichael O'Kennedy
Succeeded byLiam Kavanagh
In office
24 March 1980 – 30 June 1981
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byLiam Kavanagh
Succeeded byJohn Boland
Minister for Labour
In office
9 March 1982 – 14 December 1982
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byLiam Kavanagh
Succeeded byLiam Kavanagh
In office
5 July 1977 – 16 December 1980
Taoiseach
Preceded byLiam Kavanagh
Succeeded byLiam Kavanagh
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 1984 – 20 May 1994
ConstituencyMunster
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1981 – June 1987
ConstituencyCork South-Central
In office
August 1972 – June 1981
ConstituencyCork Mid
Personal details
Born
Eugene James Fitzgerald

(1932-08-21)21 August 1932
Crookstown, County Cork, Ireland
Died14 December 2007(2007-12-14) (aged 75)
Cork, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Noreen FitzGerald
(m. 1961; d. 2007)
Children5
EducationPresentation Brothers College
Alma materUniversity of Limerick

Gene Fitzgerald was born in Crookstown, County Cork in August 1932. He was educated nearby in Cork at the Presentation Brothers College. Fitzgerald was first elected to Dáil Éireann in a by-election in 1972.[2] He remained as a Fianna Fáil TD for the constituency of Cork South-Central for 15 years. He was also involved in local politics, serving as a member of Cork County Council from 1974 until 1977. Fitzgerald was also Vice-President of the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

Fitzgerald was first appointed to the Irish Government in 1977 when he became Minister for Labour under Jack Lynch. He backed George Colley in the 1979 Fianna Fáil leadership election but retained his office under the eventual victor, Charles Haughey. His appointment as Minister for Finance in 1980 caused some political commentators to be taken aback, particularly because of his political inexperience and also Fitzgerald had never been named as a possible Finance Minister. From then on he backed Haughey in the leadership heaves of 1982. In Haughey's second government Fitzgerald returned to the position of Minister for Labour.

Fitzgerald contested the 1984 European election in the Munster constituency and won a seat. He remained a TD until he stood down at the 1987 general election to concentrate on European politics instead of national politics. He was re-elected as an MEP in the 1989 elections. Fitzgerald retired from public office at the 1994 election, although he remained involved in the Fianna Fáil party as a Treasurer and subsequently as Honorary Secretary.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr. Gene Fitzgerald". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Gene Fitzgerald". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 November 2012.

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Paddy Forde
(Fianna Fáil)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork Mid
19721981
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cork South-Central
19811987
Succeeded by
John Dennehy
(Fianna Fáil)
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael O'Leary
Minister for Labour
1977–1980
Succeeded by
Tom Nolan
Preceded by
Michael O'Kennedy
Minister for Finance
1980–1981
Succeeded by
John Bruton
Minister for the Public Service
1980–1981
Succeeded by
Liam Kavanagh
Preceded by
Liam Kavanagh
Minister for Labour
1982
Succeeded by
Liam Kavanagh
Minister for the Public Service
1982
Succeeded by
John Boland
European Parliament
Preceded by
Noel Davern
(Fianna Fáil)
Member of the European Parliament for Munster
19841994
Succeeded by
Seat abolished