Tom Nolan (Irish politician)

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Tom Nolan
Minister for Labour
In office
17 December 1980 – 30 June 1981
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byMark Clinton
Succeeded byRay MacSharry
Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Welfare
In office
12 December 1979 – 17 December 1980
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byThomas Hussey
Teachta Dála
In office
April 1965 – February 1982
Personal details
Born(1921-07-27)27 July 1921
Myshall, County Carlow, Ireland
Died17 August 1992(1992-08-17) (aged 71)
Waterford, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
ChildrenM. J.

Thomas Nolan (27 July 1921 – 17 August 1992) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister for Labour from 1980 to 1981 and Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Welfare from 1979 to 1980. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency from 1965 to 1982.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Nolan was born in Myshall, County Carlow in 1921. He was educated at the De La Salle College in Muine Bheag, County Carlow, and joined the Irish Defence Forces shortly after his education. He first held political office in 1960, when he was elected to Carlow County Council. The following year he was nominated by the Taoiseach, Seán Lemass, to the 10th Seanad.

Nolan was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency at the 1965 general election.[2] He was re-elected at a further four general elections, but was defeated at the February 1982 general election, and did not stand again. Nolan had also served as an MEP in the period when MEPs were appointed by national parliaments rather than directly elected, serving from 1973 until the first direct elections in 1979.

Nolan was Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Welfare in early 1980, and briefly entered the cabinet toward the end of his career, serving under Charles Haughey as Minister for Labour from December 1980 to June 1981.

His son M. J. Nolan is a former Fianna Fáil TD and Senator.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Thomas Nolan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Tom Nolan". Retrieved 24 October 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gene Fitzgerald
Minister for Labour
Succeeded by
Liam Kavanagh