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Jack Lynch

Taoiseach Jack Lynch

Full Name: John Mary Lynch
Profession: Taoiseach

Nationality:
Ireland
Irish

Why Famous: Lynch was an Irish Politician that served as Taoiseach from 1966 to 1973, then 1977 to 1979. This was the height of many political roles in which Lynch had served, including: Leader of the Opposition (1973-1977), Minister of Education (1957-1959), etc.

Prior to his political career, Lynch was a successful Gaelic sportsman—playing Gaelic football (1936-1946) and hurling (1936-1950). Particularly in his hurling career, he won five All-Ireland titles.

Born: August 15, 1917
Birthplace: Shandon, Cork, Ireland

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo

Died: October 20, 1999 (aged 82)

Historical Events

  • 1966-11-10 Jack Lynch becomes Irish premier (Taoiseach)
  • 1968-01-08 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • 1968-10-30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland
  • 1970-05-06 Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation
  • 1971-09-06 British Prime Minister Edward Heath meets with Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach Jack Lynch at Chequers in England to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1972-10-06 Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Jack Lynch closes the Sinn Féin office in Dublin
  • 1972-11-24 Taoiseach Jack Lynch met with British Prime Minister Edward Heath in London to give Irish approval to Attlee's paper that said new arrangements should be 'acceptable to and accepted by the Republic of Ireland'
  • 1979-12-05 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns

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