Former Taoiseach Jack Lynch has died. Mr. Lynch, who was 82, passed away at 7 am this morning at the Royal Hospital in Dublin. He had been ill for some time. His remains will be taken to church in Rathgar tomorrow and will be brought to Cork for a full State Funeral on Saturday.
Jack Lynch was born on August 15, 1917, near Shandon in Cork City. He was educated at St. Vincent's Convent in Peacock Lane and at the North Monastery. He became a civil servant in the Department of Justice and studied part-time at the Bar of the Kings Inn, and was called to the Bar in 1945. Jack Lynch won five all-Ireland Hurling Championship medals between 1941 and 1946 and an All-Ireland football medal with Cork in 1945.
He became Minister for Education in 1957 on Fianna Fáil's return to power and then became Minister for Industry and Commerce when Sean Lemass became Taoiseach in 1959. Following the 1965 General Election, he was appointed Minister for Finance and reluctantly allowed his name go forward for the leadership when Mr. Lemass announced his retirement in 1966.
He was elected Taoiseach on November 10 of that year and held the position until March 1973. Fianna Fáil lost the 1973 General Election and Mr. Lynch orchestrated a brilliant comeback campaign with a record majority. He was Taoiseach again from 1977 to '79, when he was succeeded by Charles Haughey. Mr. Lynch steered Ireland into the EEC and is remembered as having brought a sense of serenity, in the midst of heavy bloodshed and violence in the North.