Bernard Joyce on Noël Browne.

Dr Noël Browne.

In this short clip Bernard Joyce takes you through the life and career of Dr. Noël Browne.

Noël Browne was an Irish politician who served as Minister for Health from 1948 to 1951 and Leader of the National Progressive Democrats from 1958 to 1963. He served as a TD from 1948 to 1954, 1957 to 1973 and 1977 to 1982. He was a Senator for the University of Dublin from 1973 to 1977.

He holds the distinction of being one of only seven TDs to be appointed to the cabinet on the start of their first term in the Dáil. His controversial Mother and Child Scheme in effect brought down the First Inter-Party Government of Taoiseach John A. Costello in 1951.

Browne was a well-known, but at times highly controversial public representative, and managed to be a TD for five different political parties two of which he co-founded.

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