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John P. Wilson

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John P. Wilson (b. 1923) was a senior Irish politician. Wilson was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan in 1973. The constituency was renamed Cavan-Monaghan in 1977 and Wilson continued to represent its people until his retirement from politics in 1992.

After just two years in the Dáil Wilson was appointed to the Fianna Fáil Front Bench in 1975. He joined the government of Jack Lynch in 1977 taking over the Education portfolio. Since then he held many Cabinet positions including Defence, Communications and the Marine. Wilson unsuccessfully challenged the then-Tánaiste Brian Lenihan for the Fianna Fáil nomination for the 1990 presidential election. Haughey dismissed Lenihan as Tánaiste in controversial circumstances during the presidential election campaign, and Wilson then succeeded to the post.

Wilson also served as the Irish Victims Commissioner.


Preceded by:
Peter Barry
Minister for Education
1977-1981
Succeeded by:
John Boland
Preceded by:
Patrick Cooney
Minister for Posts & Telegraphs
1982
Succeeded by:
Jim Mitchell
Preceded by:
Jim Mitchell
Minister for Communications
1987
Succeeded by:
Ray Burke
Preceded by:
Ray MacSharry
Minister for Tourism & Transport
1987-1989
Succeeded by:
Séamus Brennan
Preceded by:
Brendan Daly
Minister for the Marine
1989-1992
Succeeded by:
Michael Woods
Preceded by:
Brian Lenihan
Tánaiste
1990-1993
Succeeded by:
Dick Spring
Preceded by:
Vincent Brady
Minister for Defence
1992-1993
Succeeded by:
David Andrews
Preceded by:
Charles J. Haughey
Minister for the Gaeltacht
1992-1993
Succeeded by:
Michael D. Higgins

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