27 July-Tom Nolan TD

Tom Nolan, who was a native of Co Carlow, Ireland served as a TD (Teachta Dála) for the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency for almost 17 years. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1965. During his time as a TD Tom Nolan, who was a member of the Fianna Fáil Party served as a Government Minister. Desmond Governey, who was a member of the Fine Gael Party and a native of Carlow town, served as TD for the same constituency also for 17 years between 1961 and 1982. It was the only time in recent years that two of the five TD’s for the constituency of Carlow-Kilkenny were both from County Carlow.

Tom Nolan was born near the village of Myshall, Co Carlow in 1921. He was educated at the De La Salle College in Muine Bheag (Bagenalstown) before joining the Defence Forces. He later established a business in Bagenalstown and became involved in politics as a member of the Fianna Fáil Party. He was elected to Carlow County Council in 1960 and in 1961 he was nominated to serve as member of Seanad Éireann.

Tom Nolan was first elected to Dáil Éireann for the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency in 1965. He served as TD for the constituency until he retired in 1982. Nolan also served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1973 to 1979. During his time as a TD he was Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Welfare. He was also appointed to the serve in Government as Minister for Labour in 1980.

Tom Nolan, who served as TD (Teachta Dála) for the Constituency of Carlow-Kilkenny was born in Cappawater, Myshall, Co Carlow in 1921 On This Day.

Bagenalstown photo

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, 1991

Photo by National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Bagenalstown photo

1977 Victory Dinner for Fianna Fáil

Photo by missfitzphotos


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