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Gerald Matthew[citation needed] Bartley (12 June 1898 – 10 May 1974) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister for the Gaeltacht and Minister for Defence from 1959 to 1965. He was a TD for various Galway constituencies from 1932 until his retirement in 1965.[1][2]

Gerald Bartley
Minister for Defence
In office
11 October 1961 – 21 April 1965
TaoiseachSeán Lemass
Preceded byKevin Boland
Succeeded byMichael Hilliard
Minister for the Gaeltacht
In office
23 July 1959 – 11 October 1961
TaoiseachSeán Lemass
Preceded byMícheál Ó Móráin
Succeeded byMícheál Ó Móráin
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance
In office
24 February 1958 – 23 July 1959
TaoiseachÉamon de Valera
Preceded byPatrick Beegan
Succeeded byJoseph Brennan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce
In office
20 March 1957 – 24 February 1958
TaoiseachÉamon de Valera
Preceded byPatrick Crotty
Succeeded byMichael Hilliard
Teachta Dála
In office
1 July 1937 – 7 April 1965
ConstituencyGalway West
In office
16 February 1932 – 1 July 1937
ConstituencyGalway
Personal details
Born
Gerald Matthew Bartley

(1898-06-12)12 June 1898
Belfast, Ireland
Died10 May 1975(1975-05-10) (aged 76)
Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
EducationO'Connell Schools

Bartley was born in Belfast, the son of a grocer, but later settled in Clifden, County Galway. He was educated at O'Connell Schools in Dublin and joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914. He eventually became vice-brigadier of the Connemara Brigade of the Irish Republican Army, served with a flying column during the War of Independence and was interned during the Civil War. In 1925 Bartley was elected to Galway County Council and served as chairman of the finance committee before his election to Dáil Éireann.

For almost twenty years Bartley remained as a backbench TD before his first government appointment as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce in 1951. On returning to government in 1957, Bartley was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce. He was moved to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance the following year before joining the cabinet as Minister for the Gaeltacht in 1959. Two years later Bartley became Minister for Defence, a post he held until his retirement from politics in 1965.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr. Gerald Bartley". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Gerald Bartley". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
Political offices
New office Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture
1951–1954
Succeeded by
Oliver J. Flanagan
Preceded by
Patrick Crotty
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce
1957–1958
Succeeded by
Michael Hilliard
Preceded by
Patrick Beegan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance
1958–1959
Succeeded by
Joseph Brennan
Preceded by
Mícheál Ó Móráin
Minister for the Gaeltacht
1959–1961
Succeeded by
Mícheál Ó Móráin
Preceded by
Kevin Boland
Minister for Defence
1961–1965
Succeeded by
Michael Hilliard