Patrick Sarsfield Donegan (29 October 1923 – 26 November 2000) was an Irish Fine Gael politician and three-time cabinet minister.
|Minister for Fisheries|
9 February 1977 – 5 July 1977
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Brian Lenihan|
|Minister for Lands|
2 December 1976 – 9 February 1977
|Preceded by||Tom Fitzpatrick|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Minister for Defence|
14 March 1973 – 2 December 1976
|Preceded by||Jerry Cronin|
|Succeeded by||Liam Cosgrave|
October 1961 – June 1981
May 1954 – March 1957
|Born||29 October 1923|
Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland
|Died||26 November 2000 77) (aged|
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Alma mater||Castleknock College|
He was educated at a Christian Brothers School in Drogheda, County Louth and at the Vincentian Castleknock College, County Dublin. Donegan was first elected as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency at the 1954 general election. He lost his seat at the 1957 general election but was elected to Seanad Éireann by the Agricultural Panel. He regained his Dáil seat at the 1961 general election. In the Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition government which took power after the 1973 general election Donegan was appointed as Minister for Defence.
In October 1976 Donegan made a controversial speech on an official visit to the opening of new kitchen facilities in an army barracks at Mullingar, County Westmeath. He described as a "thundering disgrace" President Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh's refusal to sign the Emergency Powers Act, 1976, instead using his powers under Article 26 of the Constitution to refer it to the Supreme Court. The Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave, refused Donegan's resignation, and instead Ó Dálaigh resigned as President of Ireland. The whole episode badly damaged the government's reputation.
In 1976 Donegan became Minister for Lands, and in 1977 he served briefly as Minister for Fisheries. Donegan retired from politics at the 1981 general election, and died in 2000. He was buried in his home town of Monasterboice, County Louth.
| Minister for Defence
| Minister for Lands