John Boland (politician)

For other people named John Boland, see John Boland (disambiguation).

John J. Boland (30 November 1944 – 14 August 2000) was an Irish Fine Gael politician.[1]

John Boland was born in Dublin in 1944. He was educated at Synge Street Christian Brothers School and University College Dublin where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Boland first became involved in politics in 1967 when he was elected to Dublin County Council. He served on that authority until 1981. Boland first ran for the Dáil Éireann at the 1969 general election, however, he was unsuccessful. He did secure election to Seanad Éireann on the Labour Panel, becoming the youngest ever Senator at the time. He was re-elected to the Seanad in 1973.

Boland was eventually elected to Dáil on his third attempt at the 1977 general election as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin County North constituency.[2] He retained his seat at each election until losing it at the 1989 general election. Boland was immediately appointed to the Opposition front bench as spokesperson on Health. He later served as spokesperson on the Environment. In 1981 Fine Gael formed a government with the Labour Party, with Boland becoming Minister for Education. He later served in a range of portfolios in Garret FitzGerald's second government, including Minister for the Public Service.


  1. "Mr. John Boland". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  2. "John Boland". Retrieved 19 December 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Wilson
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Martin O'Donoghue
Preceded by
Gene Fitzgerald
Minister for the Public Service
Succeeded by
Ruairi Quinn
Preceded by
Liam Kavanagh
Minister for the Environment
Succeeded by
Pádraig Flynn
Preceded by
Barry Desmond
Minister for Health
Succeeded by
Rory O'Hanlon
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