- Kevin Boland
name =Kevin Boland
office = Minister for Defence
term_start = 20 March 1957
term_end = 11 October 1961
Seán Mac Eoin
birth_date = birth date|1917|10|15|df=y
death_date =death date and age|2001|09|23|1917|10|15|df=y
Kevin Boland ( _ga. Caoimhín Ó Beolláin) (15 October 1917 – 23 September 2001), was a senior Irish politician. He was first elected to
Dáil Éireannin 1957 as a Fianna FáilTD. He served as Minister for Defence (1957–1961), Minister for Social Welfare (1961–1965) and Minister for Local Government (1965-1970). He holds the distinction of being one of only five TDs to be appointed Minister on their first day in the Dáil.
Early life and career
Dublinin 1917, Kevin Boland was the son of Gerald Boland, a founder-member of Fianna Fáil, and the nephew of Harry Boland. Despite this, the young Boland failed to get elected to Dáil Éireannon his first two attempts, standing in the Dublin County constituency at the 1951 general election and again at the 1954 election. It was third time lucky at the 1957 general election, when he was not only elected to the 16th Dáilbut was appointed to the cabinet as Minister for Defence on his very first day in the Dáil. This was due to the retirement of his father who had served in every Fianna Fáilgovernment since 1932.
The Defence portfolio was not the most politically demanding at the time, so Boland made only a small impact. As a minister he proudly displayed a
fáinne(gold ring) on the lapel of his jacket, which indicated that he was able and willing to speak the Irish language. He frequently conducted his governmental business through the national language, which was very good at and had won awards for it in school. In 1961 he was moved from Defence to the Department of Social Welfare. He remained there until the retirement in 1966 of the Taoiseach, Seán Lemass, when Fianna Fáil faced the first leadership contest in its history.
[This doesn't make historical sense. Can someone clean this bad connection timeline up? I don't have the relevant info. But it's obviously wrong as it stands.]
The leadership race immediately erupted as a two-horse battle between
Charles Haugheyand George Colley. Both of these men epitomised the new kind of professional politician of the 1960s. Things changed when Neil Blaneyindicated his interest in running. Boland supported him in his campaign, as both men hailed from the nationalist wing of the party. There was talk at one point of Boland himself entering the leadership race. In the end Jack Lynchwas settled on as a compromise, and he became the new Taoiseach. Boland was made Minister for Local Government in the new cabinet.
The Arms Crisis
In 1970 events in
Northern Irelandcaused political chaos over the border in the Republic of Ireland. It was the start of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland and Fianna Fáil's policy with regard to the North was coming into question. One crisis meeting was held after another, in which decisive action was needed. The "hawks" in the cabinet urged a symbolic invasion of Northern Ireland to protect nationalists near the border, and to draw international attention, while the "doves", who ultimately prevailed, urged caution. The cabinet meetings were heated events. On one occasion Boland was alleged to have been so angry that he resigned, not only his cabinet position, but also his Dáil seat and went home to his farm in County Dublinto make hay. The resignations were rejected by the Taoiseach after a calming down period. In what became known as the " Arms Crisis" two Ministers, Charles Haugheyand Neil Blaneywere sacked from the government for gun-running for the Provisional IRAin May of 1970. Boland resigned in solidarity with them and in protest to the government's position on the North. Later that year his criticism of the Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, led to his expulsion from the Fianna Fáil party.
One of Boland's most famous incidents took place at the
Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis(party conference) in 1971. Just before Jack Lynch's speech Boland stormed a nearby podium, interrupting Dr. Patrick Hillery in the middle of his speech. Boland openly defied the party leadership and his opponents, holding his arms wide open and shouting to the crowd, "Come on up and put me down." While there was a lot of booing and clapping in an effort to drown him out, many of his supporters started cheering and chanting "We want Boland." At this point an enraged Patrick Hillery grabbed his microphone and famously replied, "If you want a fight you can have it...You can have Boland, but you can't have Fianna Fáil." At this point the government supporters went ecstatic with cheering and Boland was carried out of the hall.
Political decline and retirement
After this episode Boland founded his own political party,
Aontacht Éireann(Unity of Ireland). It won very little support and was soon abandoned. Boland himself failed to be elected to the Dáil in 1973, which effectively ended his political career. He continued to remain an outspoken critic of the Republic's Northern Ireland policy, particularly the Sunningdale Agreement. He made one last attempt to reclaim a Dáil seat, standing unsuccessfully in the Dublin South West constituency at 1981 general election. He then retired from public life completely.
Kevin Boland died in Dublin on 23 September 2001.
Families in the Oireachtas
* [http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=2415 Kevin Boland's electoral history] (ElectionsIreland.org)
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Kevin Boland — (irisch: Caoimhín Ó Beolláin; * 15. Oktober 1917 in Dublin; † 23. September 2001 ebenda) war ein irischer Politiker der Fianna Fáil und mehrfach Minister. Biografie Boland stammte aus einer Politikerfamilie. Sein Vater Gerald Boland war… … Deutsch Wikipedia
J. Kevin Boland — (born April 25, 1935) is an Irish American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, and bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah in the United States.Early HistoryJohn Kevin Boland was born in Monkstown, County Cork, Ireland in 1935. Bishop… … Wikipedia
John Kevin Boland — (* 25. April 1935 in Monkstown) ist Altbischof von Savannah. Leben John Kevin Boland empfing am 14. Juni 1959 die Priesterweihe und er wurde in den Klerus des Bistums Savannah inkardiniert. Johannes Paul II. ernannte ihn am 7. Februar 1995 zum… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Boland — may refer to:PeopleBoland is a surname of Irish origin. The name refers to: *Adam Boland (contemporary), Australian television personality *Bernie Boland (1892–1973), American professional baseball player *Boland brothers (early 20th c.), Frank,… … Wikipedia
Boland — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Derek Boland, bekannt als Derek B (1965–2009), britischer Rapper Eavan Boland (* 1944), irische Dichterin Edward Boland (1911–2001), US amerikanischer Politiker Ernest Bertrand Boland OP (* 1925),… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Kevin Fowler — en 2007 Kevin Fowler est un chanteur américain de musique country né à Amarillo (Texas). Il est connu pour chanter de la Texas Country et son côté « redneck ». Biographie Kevin Fowler grandit à Amarillo au … Wikipédia en Français
Gerald Boland — (25 May 1885 – 5 January 1973) was a senior Irish politician. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1923 and was a founder member of Fianna Fáil. Boland served as Minister for Posts Telegraphs (1933–1936), Minister for Lands (1936–1939) and… … Wikipedia
Gerald Boland — (* 25. Mai 1885 in Manchester; † 5. Januar 1973 in Dublin) war ein irischer Politiker der Fianna Fáil. Biografie Boland, der von Beruf Ingenieur war, war der ältere Bruder von Harry Boland, dem zeitweiligen Vorsitzenden der Irischen… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Raymond James Boland — Raymond James Boland, born February 8, 1932, in Ireland, was the second Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama and the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City Saint Joseph.infobox bishopstyles name=Raymond Boland… … Wikipedia
John Boland (Roman Catholic Bishop) — John Kevin Boland (born 25 April, 1935 is the Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, USA [ [http://www.catholic hierarchy.org/bishop/bbolandk.html Ordination of Bishop Boland] ] . He was born in Monkstown, Ireland. He was… … Wikipedia