Hillery, Patrick

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Hillery, Patrick

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  • Hillery, Patrick John

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1923 - 2008


Dr Patrick John Hillery was born on 2 May 1923, in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. Hillery attended University College Dublin, where he qualified with a degree in medicine. In 1951 he was elected to Dáil Éireann for the constituency of Clare as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála, and he received his first Government appointment as Minister for Education in 1959. He subsequently served in a number of ministerial posts (Industry and Commerce, Labour and Foreign Affairs) prior to his appointment in 1973 as Vice President of the then Commission of the European Communities, with special responsibility for Social Affairs. He served as Commissioner until 1976, when he was inaugurated as President of Ireland on 3 December, 1976. He died on 12th April 2008, following a short illness.


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6th President of Ireland (1976 - 1990)

Vice-President of the European Commission (1973 - 1977)

European Commissioner for Social Affairs: (1973 – 1976)

19th Dáil: 1969 - 1973
Minister for Foreign Affairs (1971 - 1973)
Minister for External Affairs (1969 - 1971)

18th Dáil: 1965 - 1969
Minister for Labour (1966 - 1969)
Minister for Industry and Commerce (1965 - 1966)

17th Dáil: 1961 - 1965
Minister for Education (1961 - 1965)

16th Dáil: 1957 - 1961
Minister for Education (1959 - 1961)

15th Dáil: 1954 - 1957

14th Dáil: 1951 - 1954

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  • English



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