P. J. Mara, Irish senator, Died at 74

  Politician

Patrick James “P. J.” Mara was born in 1942 and died on January 15, 2016.

He was an Irish public affairs consultant and former senator.

Patrick was best known as a political adviser to former Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

He served briefly in the Seanad on two separate occasions, in 1981 and 1982.

P.J. was nominated twice by the Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

Senator Mara served as the Press Secretary to Fianna Fáil between 1983 and 1987.

Mara was appointed Government Press Secretary, in 1987, and he held this position until February 1992 when he left the public service to move into the private sector.

Mara then returned to serve as Fianna Fáil director of elections for the 1997 to 2002, and 2007 general elections.

P.J. was also a member of the board of Digicel, the company founded by Denis O’Brien to build mobile networks in the
Caribbean.

Mara was regularly lampooned on the satirical RTÉ radio sketch show Scrap Saturday, which ran from 1989 to 1991.

P. J. Mara passed away at 74 years old.

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