Born: Feb 02, 1955 AD
Currently alive, at 59 years of age.
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.
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