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John P. Wilson

In office
13 November 1990 – 12 January 1993
Preceded by Brian Lenihan
Succeeded by Dick Spring

Born 8 July 1923
Mullahoran, County Cavan, Ireland
Died 9 July 2007 (aged 84)
Dublin, Ireland
Political party Fianna Fáil

John Patrick Wilson (8 July 1923 – 9 July 2007) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was first elected as a Teachta Dála for Cavan in 1973 and served in Dáil Éireann until 1992. Wilson served variously as Minister for Education, Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Minister for Tourism and Transport and Tánaiste.


Early life and Gaelic football

John Wilson was born in Mullahoran, County Cavan in 1923. He was educated at St. Mel's College in Longford, the University of London and the National University of Ireland. He graduated with a Master of Arts and a Higher Diploma in Education. He was a secondary school teacher at St. Eunan's College and Gonzaga College and also a university lecturer before he became involved in politics.[1 ] Wilson was also a Gaelic footballer for Cavan and won an All-Ireland medal with the team in 1947.[2 ] He was a member of the teachers trade union, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and served as president of the association.

Irish politician

Wilson was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1973 General Election for the constituency of Cavan, for Cavan–Monaghan in 1977 and at each subsequent election until his retirement after the dissolution of the 26th Dail in 1992. In 1977 Jack Lynch appointed Wilson to Cabinet as Minister for Education. He went on to serve in each Fianna Fáil government until his retirement, serving under three Taoisigh, Jack Lynch, Charles Haughey and Albert Reynolds.

In 1990 Wilson challenged Brian Lenihan for the Fianna Fáil nomination for the 1990 Presidential Election. Lenihan succeeded but failed to be elected President and was also sacked from the government. Wilson was then appointed Tánaiste. He remained in the cabinet until retirement in 1993. (Although the 26th Dail was dissolved in December 1992, Wilson served in Government until the new government took office).


Following his retirement from politics Wilson was appointed the Commissioner of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains by Bertie Ahern. This position entails involvement with members of the Provisional IRA to assist in finding the bodies of the disappeared who were murdered by the Provisional IRA during The Troubles.

He died on 9 July 2007.[2 ]

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Preceded by
Patrick O'Reilly
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cavan
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
New constituency
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Cavan–Monaghan
Succeeded by
Brendan Smith
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Barry
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
John Boland
Preceded by
Patrick Cooney
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
Mar. 1982–Dec. 1982
Succeeded by
Jim Mitchell
Preceded by
Jim Mitchell
Minister for Communications
Mar. 1987
Succeeded by
Ray Burke
Preceded by
Ray MacSharry
Minister for Tourism and Transport
Succeeded by
Séamus Brennan
Preceded by
Brendan Daly
Minister for the Marine
Succeeded by
Michael Woods
Preceded by
Brian Lenihan
Succeeded by
Dick Spring
Preceded by
Vincent Brady
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
David Andrews
Preceded by
Charles Haughey
Minister for the Gaeltacht
Succeeded by
Michael D. Higgins


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