Joe Fenech (politician)

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Joe Fenech was a Maltese politician, representing the Partit Nazzjonalista, who served as a cabinet member for several years.

He was born in Birkirkara on 2 April 1931. He was the son of Dr Tommaso Fenech and Aida Mallia. His father was a lawyer and an MP for the Nationalist Party between 1927 and 1933. Fenech studied at St Aloysius College, at the University of Perugia and at the Royal University of Malta, where he graduated LL.D in 1955.

He was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1976, on behalf of the Nationalist Party. From then till 1981 he was the PN’s Parliamentary Group Secretary. He successfully contested the 1981, 1987 and 1992 general elections. In 1987 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary, responsible for offshore activities and maritime affairs.

In 1992 Fenech was appointed Minister for Justice and was responsible for a number of legal reforms. Outside politics, Fenech was the Vice President of the Malta Football Association and spent over 25 years President of the Duke of Connaught’s Own Band Club.

Joe Fenech was married to Marlene Ellul and they had three children, Mark, Tonio and Joanna.

He died on 25 May 2007 at the age of 74.