Neil Blaney

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Neil Terence Columba Blaney (1 October 1922 – 8 November 1995)[1] was an Irish politician. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1948 as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) representing Donegal East.[2] A high-profile member of the party, Blaney served as a government minister several times; he was Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (1957), Minister for Local Government (1957–1966) and Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (1966–1970). In 1970 Blaney's career was radically altered when, alongside Charles Haughey, he was involved in the Arms Crisis and stood accused of clandestinely arranging to provide weapons to the newly-emergent Provisional Irish Republican Army. Although later acquitted of wrongdoing in an Irish court, Blaney involvement in the crisis saw him stripped of his ministries and eventually forced his expulsion from Fianna Fáil. A dogged political campaigner, Blaney managed to retain his seat in Donegal and remained a TD for another two decades, running under the banner of "Independent Fianna Fáil". In addition to being a TD, Blaney also entered into European politics, becoming a member of the European Parliament in 1979. Blaney was a holder of both offices when he died in 1995. Entering the Dáil as its youngest member, he left it as the oldest member.

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Neil T. Blaney
Blaney in 1990
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
In office
11 November 1966  7 May 1970
TaoiseachJack Lynch
Preceded byCharles Haughey
Succeeded byJim Gibbons
Minister for Local Government
In office
27 November 1957  10 November 1966
TaoiseachSeán Lemass
Preceded byPaddy Smith
Succeeded byKevin Boland
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
In office
20 March 1957  4 December 1957
TaoiseachSeán Lemass
Preceded byMichael Keyes
Succeeded byJohn Ormonde
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977  June 1981
ConstituencyDonegal
In office
June 1981  8 November 1995
In office
October 1961  June 1977
ConstituencyDonegal North-East
In office
December 1948  October 1961
ConstituencyDonegal East
Member of the European Parliament
In office
June 1989  June 1994
In office
June 1979  June 1984
ConstituencyConnacht–Ulster
Personal details
Born(1922-10-01)1 October 1922
Fanad, County Donegal, Ireland
Died8 November 1995(1995-11-08) (aged 73)
Dublin, Ireland
Political party
SpouseEva Corduff
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