(21/05/1959 - 10/06/2011)
27th Dáil - Elected at by-election 2 April 1996
28th Dáil - Chairperson of the All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution
29th Dáil - Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children; Minister of State at the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform and the Department of Education and Science (with special responsibility for Children) (he will attend meetings of the Cabinet) [18 June 2002 to 14 June 2007]
30th Dáil - Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform [14 June 2007 to 6 May 2008]
30th Dáil - Minister for Finance [7 May 2008 -- 9 March 2011]
Died 10 June 2011.