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P.J Mara
Senato
In office
1982–1983
In office
1977–1981
Personal details
Born 1942
Died 15 January 2016 (aged 73)
Dublin, Ireland
Citizenship Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Breda (deceased)
Domestic partner Sheila
Children John, Elena

Patrick James "P. J." Mara (1942 – 15 January 2016) was an Irish public affairs consultant and former senator. He 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. He was nominated by the Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

Mara served as Press Secretary to Fianna Fáil between 1983 and 1987. In 1987 he was appointed Government Press Secretary, and he held this position until February 1992, when he left the public service to move into the private sector. He later returned to serve as Fianna Fáil director of elections for the 1997, 2002, and 2007 general elections.

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

Mara died on 15 January 2016 at a hospital after a long-illness in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 73.

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