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Patrick John Hillery

Gaelic: Pádraig J. Ó hIrghile
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Birthplace: Spanish Point, Clare, Clare, Ireland
Death: April 12, 2008 (84)
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
Place of Burial: Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Joseph Hillery and Ellen McMahon
Husband of Maeve Beatrice Finnegan

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About Patrick Hillery, 6th President of Ireland

Patrick John Hillery (Irish: Pádraig J. Ó hIrghile; 2 May 1923 – 12 April 2008) was an Irish politician and the sixth President of Ireland from 1976 until 1990. First elected at the 1951 general election as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for Clare, he remained in Dáil Éireann until 1973.During this time he served as Minister for Education (1959–1965), Minister for Industry and Commerce (1965–1966), Minister for Labour (1966–1969) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (1969–1973). In 1973 he was appointed Ireland's first European Commissioner, serving until 1976 when he became President. He served two terms in the presidency, and, though widely seen as a somewhat lacklustre President, he was credited with bringing stability and dignity to the office, and he won widespread admiration when it emerged that he had withstood political pressure from his own Fianna Fáil party during a political crisis in 1982.

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Patrick Hillery, 6th President of Ireland's Timeline

1923
May 2, 1923
Spanish Point, Clare, Clare, Ireland
2008
April 12, 2008
Age 84
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland