Thomas J. Fitzpatrick (Cavan politician)

Tom Fitzpatrick
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
In office
14 December 1982  10 March 1987
Preceded by John O'Connell
Succeeded by Seán Treacy
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977  June 1989
Constituency Cavan–Monaghan
In office
April 1965  June 1977
Constituency Cavan
Personal details
Born (1918-02-14)14 February 1918
Clones, County Monaghan
Died 2 October 2006(2006-10-02) (aged 88)
Political party Fine Gael

Elizabeth Cullen

Carmel McDonald
Children 3

Thomas J. "Tom" Fitzpatrick (14 February 1918 – 2 October 2006) was an Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann from 1982 to 1987.[1]

Fitzpatrick was born at Scotshouse, Clones, County Monaghan in 1918.[2] He was educated at St. Macartan's College, the Incorporated Law Society and University College Dublin where he qualified as a solicitor, and then entered practice as a solicitor in Cavan town.

Fitzpatrick first held political office in 1950, when he was elected to Cavan Urban District Council. In 1961, he moved to national politics when he was elected to Seanad Éireann. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan constituency at the 1965 general election.[3] He held many Opposition Front Bench portfolios including Defence, Health and Social Welfare, Justice and the Environment, as well as being Fine Gael Chief Whip from 1979 to 1981.

Fitzpatrick served in the Irish Government on several occasions under Liam Cosgrave and Garret FitzGerald. His first government post was in 1973, when he was appointed Minister for Lands. After Fine Gael lost power in 1977, he was mentioned as a possible leader of the party if a compromise were needed between FitzGerald and Cosgrave.[4] Following the November 1982 general election, he was elected as Ceann Comhairle, a post which he held until 1987.[4] Fitzpatrick was re-elected to the Dáil (or automatically returned as Ceann Comhairle) at every election until 1989 when he retired from politics.


  1. "Mr. Thomas J. Fitzpatrick". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  2. "Former Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil dies". RTÉ News. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  3. "Thomas J. Fitzpatrick". Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  4. 1 2 "Influential behind scenes during FG turmoil", The Irish Times obituary, 7 October 2006.
Political offices
Preceded by
Seán Flanagan
Minister for Lands
Succeeded by
Paddy Donegan
Preceded by
Peter Barry
Minister for Transport and Power
Succeeded by
Pádraig Faulkner
Preceded by
Paddy Power
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry
Succeeded by
Brendan Daly
Preceded by
John O'Connell
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
Succeeded by
Seán Treacy
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