Bobby Molloy, Irish politician, Died at 80

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Robert “Bobby” Molloy was born on July 9, 1936, and died on October 2, 2016.

He was a Irish Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrats politician,

Bobby served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Minister for Local Government, Minister for Defence and Minister for Energy.

He was born in Galway and was educated at Coláiste Iognáid and University College Galway.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency at the 1965 general election.

During 1968, Molly was also elected Mayor of Galway.

In the next year he was appointed to the Cabinet as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education.

Molly served as Minister for Local Government, from 1970 to 1973.

After Fianna Fáil returned to power in 1977 he became Minister for Defence in the final government of Jack Lynch.

He retired from politics just before the 2002 general election amid controversy regarding constituency letters intervening in the rape case of Barbara Naughton.

Bobby Molloy passed away at 80 years old.

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