Party affiliation: Fianna Fail
Member, Seanad Eirann, 1965-1969. Front Bench Spokesman on Education and Justice, 1965-1969. Member, Committee on the Constitution, 1967.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, with special responsibility for Youth and Sport. 1970-1972; member. Informal Committee on Reform of the Dâil, 1972. Chairman, Inter-Party Committee on the implications of Irish Unity, 1972-1973.
Minister without Portfolio, December 1972- January 1973. Minister for Transport and Power. 1973; Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs.
1973-1977; member, Dâil and Seanad Joint Committee on the Secondary legislation of the European Communities, 1973, 1977. Member, Nenagh Urban District Council, 1974-1977, Chairman, 1974-1975. Minister for Foreign Affairs, 79.
President, European Community Council of Ministers, Jul.- December 1979. Minister for Finance, 1979-1981. Chairman, Board of Governors, European Investment Bank, 1980.
European Community Commissioner, 1981-1982. Opposition Spokesman on Finance, 1982-1987. Vice-Chairman, Dâil Committee on Public Expenditure.
National Trustee, Fianna Fail. Minister for Agriculture and Food, 92. Member of the Dâil, 1992.
Barrister. Supreme Court, 1961-1973, Senior Counsel, since 1973.