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Patrick Cooney (born 2 March 1931) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Minister for Education from 1986 to 1987, Minister for Defence from 1982 to 1986, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Minister for Posts and Telegraphs from 1981 to 1982 and Minister for Justice from 1973 to 1977. He served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Leinster constituency from 1989 to 1994. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Longford–Westmeath constituency from 1970 to 1977 and between 1981 and 1989. He was a Senator for the Labour Panel from 1977 to 1981.[1]

Patrick Cooney
Minister for Education
In office
14 February 1986 – 10 March 1987
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byGemma Hussey
Succeeded byMary O'Rourke
Minister for Defence
In office
14 December 1982 – 14 February 1986
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byPaddy Power
Succeeded byPaddy O'Toole
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
In office
30 June 1981 – 9 March 1982
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byAlbert Reynolds
Succeeded byJohn Wilson
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
In office
30 June 1981 – 9 March 1982
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
Preceded byAlbert Reynolds
Succeeded byJohn Wilson
Minister for Justice
In office
14 March 1973 – 5 July 1977
TaoiseachLiam Cosgrave
Preceded byDesmond O'Malley
Succeeded byGerry Collins
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 1989 – 24 May 1994
ConstituencyLeinster
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1981 – June 1989
In office
April 1970 – June 1977
ConstituencyLongford–Westmeath
Senator
In office
1 July 1977 – 30 June 1981
ConstituencyLabour Panel
Personal details
Born (1931-03-02) 2 March 1931 (age 88)
Dublin, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Brigid McMenamin (m. 1958)
Children4
EducationCastleknock College
Alma materUniversity College Dublin

Cooney was born in 1931 and was educated at Castleknock College and University College Dublin.[2] He first stood as a candidate for Dáil Éireann in the Longford–Westmeath constituency at the 1961 general election, but failed to win a seat, and he was defeated again in 1965 and 1969. However, after the death of the Fianna Fáil TD Patrick Lenihan, Cooney was elected to the 19th Dáil in the Longford–Westmeath by-election in April 1970.[3]

The 1973 general election brought a Fine Gael-Labour Party National Coalition government to power, and Cooney was appointed to Liam Cosgrave's Cabinet as Minister for Justice. He ordered the coffin of Frank Stagg, an IRA volunteer, to be covered in concrete. [4] In spite of being a high-profile Cabinet Minister he lost his seat at the 1977 general election but was elected to the 14th Seanad on the Cultural and Educational Panel. In 1979, at the first direct elections to the European Parliament, he stood unsuccessfully in the Connacht–Ulster constituency.

At the 1981 general election, he was returned to the Dáil again by his old Longford–Westmeath constituency. Cooney then held a number of positions in Garret FitzGerald's two governments. He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Leinster constituency at the 1989 European Parliament elections, and did not contest the 1989 general election. He did not stand for re-election in 1994.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mr. Patrick Cooney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  2. ^ "MEPS – Patrick Mark Cooney". European Parliament. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Patrick Cooney". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  4. ^ Behind Closed Doors: Cabinet Confidential. RTÉ. 2 January 2007

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Political offices
Preceded by
Desmond O'Malley
Minister for Justice
1973–1977
Succeeded by
Gerry Collins
Preceded by
Albert Reynolds
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
1981–1982
Succeeded by
John Wilson
Minister for Transport
1981–1982
Preceded by
Paddy Power
Minister for Defence
1982–1986
Succeeded by
Paddy O'Toole
Preceded by
Gemma Hussey
Minister for Education
1986–1987
Succeeded by
Mary O'Rourke