Eamonn Duggan

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Eamonn Duggan

Eamonn or Edmund S. Duggan (Irish: Éamon Ó Dúgáin;[1] 1874 – 6 June 1936) was an Irish lawyer, nationalist and politician, a member of Sinn Féin and then Cumann na nGaedheal.[2]

Born in Longwood, County Meath, Duggan's father was a Royal Irish Constabulary officer from County Armagh serving in the village, his mother a local woman by the name of Dunne. Duggan qualified as a solicitor and soon became involved in politics. He became a supporter of Sinn Féin and fought in the Easter Rising in 1916. He was subject to court-martial following the Rising and sentenced to three years penal servitude. Duggan was released in 1917 under general amnesty and went back to practicing law. For a time he also served as Irish Republican Army Director of Intelligence.

Duggan was elected to the First Dáil Éireann for South Meath in 1918.[3] At the end of 1920 he was re-arrested and not released until the end of the Irish War for Independence in July, 1921. After the Truce he was appointed chief liaison officer for the Irish government. In October 1921 Duggan was appointed as one of the five envoys to negotiate and conclude a treaty with the British government. He signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty at 22 Hans Place, London.

In the post-Treaty provisional government he was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and later became parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Defence and to the Executive Council. He declined to go forward in the 1933 general election but was elected to Seanad Éireann.[4]

He died suddenly at Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin on 6 June 1936.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Údarás ó Sheanascal an tSaorstáit". Dáil Éireann, Volume 2. 6 December 1922. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Edmund Duggan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 190. ISBN 0-901714-12-7. 
  4. ^ "Edmund Duggan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Laurence Carew
Sinn Féin Member of Parliament for South Meath
1918–1922
Constituency abolished
Oireachtas
New constituency Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for South Meath
1918–1921
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Austin Stack
Minister for Home Affairs
Jan. 1922–Sep. 1922
Succeeded by
Kevin O'Higgins
Preceded by
Minister without portfolio
Sep. 1922–Dec. 1922
Succeeded by
New office Parliamentary Secretary to the Executive Council
1922–1926
Office abolished
Preceded by
John M. O'Sullivan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance
1926–1927
Succeeded by
Séamus Burke
Preceded by
James Dolan
Government Chief Whip
1927–1932
Succeeded by
Gerald Boland