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Paddy Harte, Hon. OBE (born 26 July 1931), is a retired Irish Fine Gael party politician who served for 36 years as Teachta Dála (TD) for Donegal North East. He was born in Lifford, County Donegal in 1931.



He was first elected to the 17th Dáil at the 1961 general election, and re-elected at eleven further general elections. In the 22nd Dáil, from 1981–82, he was Minister of State at the Department of Posts and Telegraphs in Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's government. In 1989 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Connacht–Ulster constituency at the elections to the European Parliament.

Harte lost his seat at the 1997 general election to the Independent Fianna Fáil candidate Harry Blaney. He unsuccessfully contested the 1997 elections to Seanad Éireann on the Industrial and Commercial Panel, and then retired from politics.

Since his retirement Harte has been involved in a number of projects, including the Messines Island of Ireland Peace Park in Belgium which was opened in November 1998 by President Mary McAleese, Queen Elizabeth II and King Albert II of Belgium to commemorate all Irishmen, both Catholic and Protestant, who died in the World War I. He received an Honourary OBE from Queen Elizabeth II for this work in October 2006. He was also awarded an honourary Doctorate of Laws by the National University of Ireland in September 2007 in recognition of his contribution to politics in Ireland.[1]


  1. ^ British Embassy in Ireland press release dated 2 September 2006, accessed 17 October 2006


  • Paddy Harte, Young Tigers and Mongrel Foxes: A life in politics, The O'Brien Press, Dublin, 2005

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