(17/12/1954 - )
Defeated in the Dáil election of 1981
M.E.P. [1979 to 1984]
28th Dáil - Minister for Arts Culture and the Gaeltacht [26 June 1997 to 6 June 2002] [change of Department name to Arts Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands with effect from 12 July 1997]
29th Dáil - Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science [18 June 2002 to 08 December 2006]
Resigned as Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science on the 08 December 2006
Did not contest the 2007 General Election.