John P. Wilson

John P. Wilson

Infobox Politician
name = John P. Wilson

imagesize = 175px
birth_date = death date|1923|7|8|df=y
birth_place = Mullahoran, County Cavan, Ireland
death_date = death date and age|2007|7|9|1923|7|8|df=y
death_place = Dublin, Ireland
office = Tánaiste
term_start = 13 November 1990
term_end = 12 January 1993
predecessor = Brian Lenihan, Snr
successor = Dick Spring
party = Fianna Fáil

John Patrick Wilson ( _ga. Seán Mac Uilliam; 8 July 1923 – 9 July 2007) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was first elected as a Teachta Dála for Cavan in 1973 and served in Dáil Éireann until 1992. Wilson served variously as Minister for Education, Minister for Posts & Telegraphs, Minister for Tourism & Transport and Tánaiste.

Early life and Gaelic football

John Wilson was born in Mullahoran, County Cavan in 1923. He was educated at St. Mel's College in Longford, the University of London and the National University of Ireland. He graduated with a Master of Arts and a Higher Diploma in Education. He was a secondary school teacher at St. Eunan's College and Gonzaga College and also a university lecturer [] before he became involved in politics. Wilson was also a Gaelic footballer for Cavan and won an All-Ireland medal with the team in 1947. He was a member of the teachers trade union, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and served as president of the association.

Irish politician

Wilson was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1973 General Election for the constituency of Cavan, for Cavan-Monaghan in 1977 and at each subsequent election until his retirement after the dissolution of the 26th Dail in 1992. In 1977 Jack Lynch appointed Wilson to Cabinet as Minister for Education. He went on to serve in each Fianna Fáil government until his retirement, serving under three Taoisigh, Jack Lynch, Charles Haughey and Albert Reynolds.

In 1990 Wilson challenged Brian Lenihan, Snr for the Fianna Fáil nomination for the 1990 Presidential Election. Lenihan succeeded but failed to be elected President and was also sacked from the government. Wilson was then appointed Tánaiste. He remained in the cabinet until retirement in 1993. (Although the 26th Dail was dissolved in December 1992, Wilson served in Government until the new government took office).


Following his retirement from politics Wilson was appointed the Commissioner of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains by Bertie Ahern. This position entails involvement with members of the Provisional IRA to assist in finding the bodies of the disappeared who were murdered by the Provisional IRA during the troubles.

He died on 9 July 2007.

External links

* [ Oireacthas database entry for Wilson]

Political career

title=John P. Wilson

ee also

* Families in the OireachtasDiarmuid Wilson, a nephew, is currently a member of Seanad Éireann.

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