Jerry Cronin

Jeremiah Cronin (15 September 1925 – 19 October 1990) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician.[1] He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1965 general election as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North-East constituency.[2] He was appointed to the Irish Government on one occasion, serving as Minister for Defence from 1970 to 1973 under Taoiseach Jack Lynch. Cronin retired from domestic politics at the 1981 general election, having been elected to the European Parliament for a five-year term in 1979.

He was born in Currabeha, Fermoy, County Cork, the son of Alice (née Mulcahy) and Sean Cronin. His uncle, Arthur Mulcahy, was a member of the Old IRA, and was shot by British forces during the Irish War of Independence on the night of 22 March 1921.[3] Jerry Cronin died on 19 October 1990, having suffered with Parkinson's disease. He was married to Shelia Cronin (née Sheehan); they lived in Mallow, County Cork, and had six children.


  1. "Jeremiah Cronin". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  2. "Jerry Cronin". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  3. "War by the Irish", p.183, a collection by John McCann.
Political offices
New office Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
Succeeded by
Jackie Fahey
Preceded by
Jim Gibbons
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
Paddy Donegan

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