Paddy Power (Irish politician)

Patrick "Paddy" Power (19 November 1928 – 14 August 2013)[1] was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[2]

A national schoolteacher before entering politics, he was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare constituency at the 1969 general election.[3]

He served as Minister for Fisheries and Forestry from 1979 to June 1981 and Minister for Defence in the government of March to December 1982.[2] He was briefly Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism in October 1982 following the resignation of Desmond O'Malley to challenge for the leadership of the party. He was also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1977 to 1979.[3]

Power retired from politics at the 1989 general election. His son, Seán Power is a former TD and Minister of State.[3] Another son, J. J. Power, served as a Green Party councillor on Kildare County Council.[3] He died on 14 August 2013 in Caragh, County Kildare.[4] He had no connection with the Irish bookmakers of the same name.

See also


  1. "Death notice of Paddy Power, Caragh, Kildare, Ireland". Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Mr. Paddy Power". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Paddy Power". Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  4. "Former FF minister Paddy Power dies at 84". RTÉ News. 15 August 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Lenihan
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry
Succeeded by
Tom Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
James Tully
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
Patrick Cooney
Preceded by
Desmond O'Malley
Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism
Succeeded by
Pádraig Flynn

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