- John P. Wilson
name = John P. Wilson
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birth_date = death date|1923|7|8|df=y
Mullahoran, County Cavan, Ireland
death_date = death date and age|2007|7|9|1923|7|8|df=y
term_start = 13 November 1990
term_end = 12 January 1993
Brian Lenihan, Snr
John Patrick Wilson ( _ga. Seán Mac Uilliam; 8 July 1923 – 9 July 2007) was an Irish
Fianna Fáilpolitician. He was first elected as a Teachta Dálafor Cavan in 1973 and served in Dáil Éireannuntil 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 Cavanin 1923. He was educated at St. Mel's Collegein Longford, the University of Londonand 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 Collegeand Gonzaga Collegeand also a university lecturer [http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0709/breaking41.htm] 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 Irelandand served as president of the association.
Wilson was first elected to
Dáil Éireannat 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 Dailin 1992. In 1977 Jack Lynchappointed 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 Haugheyand Albert Reynolds.
In 1990 Wilson challenged
Brian Lenihan, Snrfor the Fianna Fáilnomination 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 Dailwas 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' Remainsby Bertie Ahern. This position entails involvement with members of the Provisional IRAto assist in finding the bodies of the disappeared who were murdered by the Provisional IRA during the troubles.
He died on 9 July 2007.
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title=John P. Wilson
Families in the Oireachtas– Diarmuid Wilson, a nephew, is currently a member of Seanad Éireann.
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