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Seán Flanagan (26 January 1922 – 5 February 1993) was a senior Fianna Fáil politician and Gaelic footballer in Ireland. He served under Taoiseach Jack Lynch as Minister for Health (1966-1969) and Minister for Lands (1969-1973).

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Early life and Education

Seán Flanagan was born in Aughnamore, Ballyhaunis, County Mayo in 1922. He was educated locally, then later at St. Jarlath's College in Tuam, County Galway, where he showed enthusiasm for sport. He won two Connacht championship medals with the college in 1939 and in 1940. He later studied at Clonliffe College in Dublin and then enrolled in University College Dublin where he studied law and qualified as a solicitor.

Football career

Flanagan also played senior Gaelic football for Mayo. He captained the All-Ireland final winning sides of 1950 and 1951 and won five Connacht senior championship medals in all. He also won two National Football League titles in 1949 and 1954. While still a footballer, Flanagan entered into a career in politics. He came from a Fianna Fáil family and was recruited into the party in East Mayo. He was elected a Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo East at the 1951 General Election. He would retain his seat at each subsequent election until he lost his seat in 1977.

Political career

Flanagan rose rapidly through the party ranks and was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary under Taoiseach Seán Lemass in 1959, before becoming Government Chief Whip in 1961. In the Fianna Fáil leadership election in 1966 Flanagan supported Jack Lynch. When Lynch became Taoiseach Flanagan was promoted to the Cabinet as Minister for Health. Three years later in 1969 he became Minister for Lands. Flanagan lost his seat at the 1977 General Election. He effectively retired from domestic politics; however, he was elected to the European Parliament in the first direct elections in 1979. He was re-elected in 1984 and retired from politics in 1989.

Seán Flanagan died on 4 February 1993, at the age of 71. In 2000 he was honoured by the Gaelic Athletic Association by being named on their Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium.

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This page incorporates information from the Oireachtas Members Database

Political offices
Preceded by
New office
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Donogh O'Malley
Minister for Health
1966–1969
Succeeded by
Joseph Brennan
Preceded by
Pádraig Faulkner
Minister for Lands
1969–1973
Succeeded by
Tom Fitzpatrick
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