- Gerald Boland
Gerald Boland (25 May 1885 – 5 January 1973) was a senior Irish politician. He was first elected to
Dáil Éireannin 1923 and was a founder-member of Fianna Fáil. Boland served as Minister for Posts & Telegraphs (1933–1936), Minister for Lands (1936–1939) and Minister for Justice (1939–1948 and 1951–1954).
Gerald Boland was born in
Manchesteron 25 May 1885 to Irish parents. Shortly after his birth, the family returned to live in Ireland. His father was killed in a fight between Parnellitesand Healyites. With the money from a collection held by the Gaelic Athletic Association(Gaelic Athletic Association), Boland's mother opened a shop. Boland was educated in Dublinand became a fitter for the Midland and Great Western Railway company.
Boland joined the
Irish Volunteersand fought in the Easter Risingin 1916. He was captured at the Jacob's factory and interned. In the aftermath of the Treaty Boland took the Republican side. His brother, Harry Bolandwas killed during the Irish Civil War. In 1923, Boland was elected as a TD for Roscommon. In 1926 he became a founder-member of Fianna Fáil. In 1933 he was appointed Minister for Posts and Telegraphs. He served as Minister for Lands in 1936. In 1939 Boland was made Minister for Justice. He introduced strong measures against the IRA including internment and military courts. Boland lost his Dáilseat in 1961 but became a member of Seanad Éireannuntil 1969.
When his son,
Kevin Boland, resigned as a Minister in 1970 because of the Arms Crisis, Gerald Boland resigned as vice-president and trustee of Fianna Fáil.
Gerald Boland died in
Dublinat the age of 87 on 5 January 1973.
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