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Muldoon, Sir Robert David, 1921-92, New Zealand political leader, prime minister (1975-84). Originally a public accountant, he entered parliament in 1960 as a member of the conservative National party and served (1967-72) as finance minister. He was briefly (1972) deputy prime minister and from 1974 to 1975 was leader of the opposition. Muldoon led his party to victory in the 1975 elections and served in the dual positions of prime minister and finance minister. He attempted to spur economic growth through tax cuts, subsidies to industry, and other basically conservative measures, but growth proved slow and inflation and unemployment marked the years of his tenure. In the 1984 elections the National party lost to Labour, led by leader David Lange. Muldoon was knighted in 1984 and resigned from parliament in 1991.
Muldoon is an Irish family name. It is represented throughout the world where descendants of emigrants of people bearing that name have settled; e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries.

It is an anglicization of the Irish Ó Maoldúin, "descended from Maoldúin," which in turn was a legendary first name. This name means king or chieftain of the fort. According to the Annals of Loch Cé, they were said to be of royal birth and styled themselves as the Kings of Lurg, which is now in Co. Fermanagh.

According to The Surnames of Ireland by Edward MacLysaght, there are three distinct septs of Muldoon: Galway (around Uí Maine), Clare (whose names were generally Anglicised to Malone), and in Co. Fermanagh where the name is most common.

The family logo is Pro Fide Et Patria, Latin for "For Faith And Country."

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  • The Muldoons - a rock group featuring the muldoon family from Detroit

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