Lynch, John

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Lynch, John

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  • Seán Ó Loingsigh

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  • Jack Lynch
  • Lynch, John Mary

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John Mary "Jack" Lynch was an Irish politician, sportsperson, and taoiseach, born 15 August 1917 in Shandon, Cork. He began practising as a barrister in Cork in 1945, and in the February 1958 general election, he topped the poll for the Cork Borough constituency and became a Fianna Fáil TD in the 13th Dáil. Under the party leadership of Éamon de Valera, he was appointed a researcher and a secretary to the parliamentary party, and in 1951 he was made parliamentary secretary to the government with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht, an appointment that enabled him to attend cabinet meetings. After the 1957 general election, Fianna Fáil returned to power and Lynch joined the government as Minister for Education. In 1959, Seán Lemass succeeded de Valera as Taoiseach, and Lynch was promoted to his role as Minister for Industry and Commerce, and after the election of April 1965, Lemass chose him to succeed James Ryan as Minister for Finance. On Lemass's retirement in 1966, despite some initial reluctance to run, Lynch defeated George Collery in the ballot and became Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil on 10 November 1966. He served as Taoiseach until 1973, and returned for a second term in 1977 until his resignation as taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fáil on 5 December 1979. He died 20 October 1999 in the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook, Dublin.


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21st Dáil: 1977-1981
Taoiseach (197 -1979)

20th Dáil: 1973-1977

19th Dáil: 1969-1973
Taoiseach (1969-1973)

18th Dáil: 1965-1969
Minister for Education (1968-1968)
Taoiseach (1966-1969)
Minister for Finance (1965-1966)

17th Dáil: 1961-1965
Minister for Industry and Commerce (1961-1965)

16th Dáil: 1957-1961
Minister for Industry and Commerce (1959-1961)
Minister for Education (1957-1959)
Minister for the Gaeltacht (1957-1957)

15th Dáil: 1954-1957

14th Dáil: 1951-1954

13th Dáil: 1948-1951

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ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, 2nd Edition, 2011.


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2022-02-07 [ISO 8601]


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Dictionary of Irish Biography (2010)

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