Martin O'Donoghue

Martin O'Donoghue
Minister for Education
In office
9 March 1982  6 October 1982
Taoiseach Charles Haughey
Preceded by John Boland
Succeeded by Charles Haughey
Minister for Economic Planning and Development
In office
8 July 1977  11 December 1979
Taoiseach Jack Lynch
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by Michael O'Kennedy
Minister without portfolio
In office
5 July 1977  8 July 1977
Taoiseach Jack Lynch
In office
February 1983  April 1987
Constituency Administrative Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1977  November 1982
Constituency Dún Laoghaire
Personal details
Born (1933-05-13) 13 May 1933
Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Occupation Economist

Martin O'Donoghue (born 13 May 1933) is a former Irish politician and economist.[1] He also served as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) and holds the distinction of being one of only six TDs to be appointed Minister on their first day in the Dáil. He is a Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College, Dublin and serves with the O'Reilly Foundation.


Martin O'Donoghue was born in Dublin. He was educated in Crumlin and worked as a waiter in Dublin, becoming a mature student at Trinity College, Dublin and later obtaining a PhD in economics from that university.


From 1962 to 1964 and from 1967 to 1969 he was economic consultant at the Departments of Education and Finance respectively. Between 1970 and 1973 O'Donoghue was economic adviser to the Taoiseach, Jack Lynch.


At the 1977 general election O'Donoghue was elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Dún Laoghaire constituency.[2] He was chief author of the election manifesto which saw Fianna Fáil achieve an unprecedented twenty-seat majority. O'Donoghue was immediately appointed Minister for Economic Planning and Development. In 1979, Charles Haughey became Taoiseach and O'Donoghue's ministerial position was abolished. In 1982 O'Donoghue was returned to Cabinet as Minister for Education. He resigned from the government in October 1982, when he refused to support Haughey in a leadership challenge, and in November 1982 lost his Dáil seat at the general election.

O'Donoghue entered Seanad Éireann after losing his Dáil seat. He remained in the Seanad until 1987. Later he left Fianna Fáil, becoming a supporter of the Progressive Democrats.

Later career

In 1998 O'Donoghue became a director of the Central Bank of Ireland, serving with this and its successor body until the end of April 2008.

He is currently a Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, having retired from his position as a Lecturer and Associate Professor of Economics there. He is also a member of the Scholarship Board of the O'Reilly Foundation.


  1. "Mr. Martin O'Donoghue". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  2. "Martin O'Donoghue". Retrieved 12 January 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister without portfolio
Succeeded by
New office Minister for Economic Planning and Development
Succeeded by
Michael O'Kennedy
Preceded by
John Boland
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Charles Haughey
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