- Seán Gibbons
Séan Francis Gibbons (31 May 1883 – 19 April 1952) was an Irish politician who sat as
Cumann na nGaedhaelTD in the 1920s and as a Fianna FáilTD in the 1930s. He later became a Senator, and was Cathaoirleach(chairperson) of the Seanad for five years.
Gibbons was elected to
Dáil Éireannon his first attempt, as a Cumann na nGaedhaelcandidate in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency at the 1923 general election. However, he was not an active participant in proceedings because his health was poor, requiring him to leave the country at one point.See [http://www.oireachtas-debates.gov.ie:80/D/0006/D.0006.192403260042.html Dáil Éireann "Official Report" - Volume 6 - 26 March, 1924] , column 2368.]
He left Cumann na nGaedhael to join the Farmers' Party and resigned his seat in the
4th Dáilon 30 October 1924, only 14 months after his election.For evidence of Gibbons's membership of the Farmers' Party, see the exchange between O'Higgins, Gorey and Gibbons at [http://www.oireachtas-debates.gov.ie:80/D/0009/D.0009.192410220036.html Dáil Éireann "Official Report" - Volume 9 - 22 October, 1924] , column 59.] The by-election for his seat was held on 11 March 1925 and won by Cumann na nGaedhael's Thomas Bolger.See [http://www.electionsireland.org/results/general/byelectiondail.cfm Dáil Éireann By Elections 1918-2005] (ElectionsIreland.org). In the absence of a list of candidates, it is not clear whether Gibbons stood for re-election after his resignation.]
After the collapse of the Farmers' Party in 1927, Gibbons joined
Fianna Fáil, and stood as a Fianna Fáil candidate in Carlow-Kilkenny at the 1932 general election, winning one of his party's fifteen new seats in the 7th Dáil. He was returned at the 1933 election, but after the constituency was divided under the Electoral (Revision of Constituencies) Act 1935, he lost his seat at the 1937 general election in the new Kilkenny constituency.
He then stood as a Fianna Fáil candidate for election to
Seanad Éireannon the Agricultural Panel, winning a seat in the 2nd Seanadand becoming Cathaoirleach(chairperson). He remained as Cathoirleach in the 3rd Seanad, holding the office until 1944, when was re-elected to the 4th Seanad. He did not sit in the 5th Seanad, but was re-elected by the Agricultural Panel to the 6th Seanad, from 1948–1951.
He died on 19 April 1952, aged 68. Five years later, his nephew Jim Gibbons was elected as a Fianna Fáil TD in the restored Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, where Jim's son Martin was a Progressive Democrat TDs from 1987–1989. Another of Jim's son, Jim, Jr was a Progressive Democrat Senator.
* [http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=1148 Séan Gibbons's electoral history] (ElectionsIreland.org)
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