Party affiliation: Fianna Fáil
Member, Dublin County Council, since 1967, and Chairman, 1985-1987. Member of the Dáil, since 1973. Minister of State, Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy, 1978-1980.
Minister for Environment, 1980-1981, 1982. Party Spokesman on Environment, 1985-1987. Minister for Energy and for Communications, 1987-1988.
Minister for Industry and Commerce and Minister for Communications, 1988-1989. Minister for Justice and Communications, since 1989.