1955 – Born on the 2nd of February in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland.
1979 – He becme a member of Louth County Council as a Fiana Fail representative.
1987 – He was elected to Dail Eireann at the general election and has retained his seat ever since.
1991 – He was promoted to Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach.
– He was appointed to the position of Minister of State at the Department of Defense.
1992 – He was forced to resign and Albert Reynolds eventually succeeded in becoming party leader and Taoiseach.
1994 – He returned to the senior ranks of Fianna Fáil becoming chief whip of the party.
1997 – He was appointed Minister for Community, Social & Family Affairs.
– He introduced the largest social welfare and pension increases in Irish history.
2002 – He was appointed Minister for Communications, Marine & Natural Resources.
2004 – He received the coveted position of Minister for Foreign Affairs.
2005 – He was appointed one of four special envoys for United Nations reform by the UN Secretary General.
– He acted as envoy to European countries, on top of his other duties as minister.
2006 – He has been heavily involved in the Northern Ireland peace process as foreign minister.
– He lead a national campaign to secure a path to permanent residency for the 25,000 to 50,000 undocumented Irish citizens resident in the United States.