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Mervyn Taylor, Ireland’s first Jewish cabinet minister, dies at 89

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24.09.2021

JTA — Mervyn Taylor, who was reportedly the first Jewish person to serve as a cabinet minister in Ireland, has died at the age of 89.

Taylor, who died of cancer in London on Thursday, served for about four years as equality and law reform minister between 1993 and 1997, under Ireland’s Labour party. In total, he served as a Labour lawmaker for 16 years until his retirement in 1997.

As a cabinet minister, he led reforms that prioritized opportunities for women, people with disabilities and the Roma community, according to The Irish Times, which also said he was the first Jew to serve as a cabinet minister in Ireland.

He was instrumental in helping pass the legislation that legalized divorce in Ireland.

His other legislative reforms included the passing of Ireland’s Maternity........

© The Times of Israel


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