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Bobby Molloy

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Bobby Molloy (b.July 9, 1936), former Fianna Fáil & Progressive Democrats politician.

Bobby Molloy was born on 9 July, 1936 in Galway. He was educated at Coláiste Iognáid and University College Galway. Molloy was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1965 and in 1968 he was elected Mayor of Galway. The following year he was appointed to the Cabinet as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education. From 1970 to 1973 he served as Minister for Local Government. When Fianna Fáil returned to power in 1977 he became Minister for Defence in the final government of Jack Lynch. In 1979 Molloy supported George Colley in the Fianna Fáil leadership contest. However Charles Haughey was the eventual victor. After this Molloy was dropped from the Cabinet. In 1986 Molloy resigned from Fianna Fáil and joined the newly formed Progressive Democrats. In 1989 the party entered into coalition with Fianna Fáil, with Molloy becoming Minister for Energy. That same year he contested the European Elections but was unsuccessful in his attempt. He stood for election again in 1994 but was again unsuccessful. Following the 1997 General Election Molloy helped in the negotiations for forming the coalition government between the PDs and Fianna Fáil. On that occasion he became Minister of State at the Department of the Environment. Molloy retired from politics just before the 2002 General Election amid controversey regarding constituency letters.



Preceded by:
Kevin Boland
Minister for Local Government
1970–1973
Succeeded by:
James Tully
Preceded by:
Oliver J. Flanagan
Minister for Defence
1977–1979
Succeeded by:
Pádraig Faulkner
Preceded by:
Michael Smith
Minister for Energy
1989–1993
Succeeded by:
Albert Reynolds

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