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Michael John[citation needed] Smith (born 8 November 1940) is an Irish former Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister for Defence from 1997 to 2004, Minister of State for Science and Technology from July 1997 to October 1997, Minister for Education from November 1994 to December 1994, Minister for the Environment from 1992 to 1994, Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce from 1989 to 1992, Minister of State at the Department of Energy from 1987 to 1989, Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Fisheries and Forestry in March 1987 and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture from 1980 to 1981. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary North constituency from 1969 to 1973, 1977 to 1982 and 1987 to 2002. He was elected a Senator by the Cultural and Educational Panel from 1983 to 1987, and by the Agricultural Panel from May 1982 to December 1982.[1]

Michael Smith
Minister for Defence
In office
8 October 1997 – 29 September 2004
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byDavid Andrews
Succeeded byWillie O'Dea
Minister of State for Science and Technology
In office
8 July 1997 – 9 October 1997
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byNoel Treacy
Minister for Education
In office
18 November 1994 – 15 December 1994
TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds
Preceded bySéamus Brennan
Succeeded byNiamh Bhreathnach
Minister for the Environment
In office
14 February 1992 – 14 December 1994
TaoiseachAlbert Reynolds
Preceded byRory O'Hanlon
Succeeded byBrendan Howlin
Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce
In office
19 July 1989 – 11 February 1992
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byLiam Aylward
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister for Energy
In office
24 November 1988 – 12 July 1989
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byRay Burke
Succeeded byBobby Molloy
Minister of State at the Department of Energy
In office
31 March 1987 – 12 July 1989
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Fisheries and Forestry
In office
12 March 1987 – 31 March 1987
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byDenis Lyons
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture
In office
17 December 1980 – 30 June 1981
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byThomas Hussey
Succeeded byTed Nealon
Teachta Dála
In office
February 1987 – May 2007
In office
June 1977 – February 1982
In office
June 1969 – February 1973
ConstituencyTipperary North
Senator
In office
February 1983 – February 1987
ConstituencyCultural and Educational Panel
In office
May 1982 – December 1982
ConstituencyAgricultural Panel
Personal details
Born
Michael John Smith

(1940-11-08) 8 November 1940 (age 78)
Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Breda Gordon (m. 1968)
Children3

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Background and educationEdit

Smith was born in Roscrea, County Tipperary in 1940. He was educated at CBS Templemore in County Tipperary. Smith worked as a farmer before entering Dáil Éireann at the 1969 general election as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Tipperary North constituency.[2]

He lost his seat at the 1973 general election but was re-elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1977 general election.

Political careerEdit

1980sEdit

In 1980, the Taoiseach Charles Haughey appointed him Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture. Smith lost his Dáil seat again at the February 1982 general election, and failed to regain it at the November 1982 general election. He spent the next five years as a Senator in Seanad Éireann, elected first by the Agricultural Panel and then by the Cultural and Educational Panel, before his re-election to the Dáil at the 1987 general election.

When Smith was returned to the Dáil in 1987, he became Minister of State at the Department of Energy. He was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Energy in 1988. His stay as Minister was short because following the 1989 general election he was demoted to Minister of State for Science and Technology.

1992–2007Edit

In 1992, he returned to Cabinet for two years as Minister for the Environment. He replaced David Andrews as Minister for Defence in October 1997, and held that position until he was dropped from the Cabinet in a reshuffle in 2004. During his tenure Smith dealt with the Army deafness compensation issue that ultimately resulted in claims of €300 million against the State.

At the 2007 general election he lost his seat to Noel Coonan of Fine Gael.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr. Michael Smith". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Michael Smith". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
Oireachtas
Preceded by
Patrick Tierney
(Labour Party)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Tipperary North
1969–1973
Succeeded by
John Ryan
(Labour Party)
Preceded by
Thomas Dunne
(Fine Gael)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Tipperary North
1977–1982
Succeeded by
David Molony
(Fine Gael)
Preceded by
John Ryan
(Labour Party)
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Tipperary North
1987–2007
Succeeded by
Noel Coonan
(Fine Gael)
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Hussey
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture
1980–1981
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Michael D'Arcy
Minister of State for Forestry
1987
Succeeded by
Denis Lyons
Preceded by
New position
Minister of State for Science and Technology
1987–1988
Succeeded by
Liam Aylward
Preceded by
Ray Burke
Minister for Energy
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Bobby Molloy
Preceded by
Liam Aylward
Minister of State for Science and Technology
1989–1991
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Rory O'Hanlon
Minister for the Environment
1992–1994
Succeeded by
Brendan Howlin
Preceded by
Niamh Bhreathnach
Minister for Education
1994
Succeeded by
Niamh Bhreathnach
Preceded by
New position
Minister of State for Science and Technology
1997
Succeeded by
Noel Treacy
Preceded by
David Andrews
Minister for Defence
1997–2004
Succeeded by
Willie O'Dea