John Jinks (politician)

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This article is about the Irish politician. For the geneticist, see John L. Jinks.

John Jinks (1872 – 11 September 1934) (often known simply as Alderman Jinks from his position as an Alderman on Sligo Corporation) was an Irish politician who served briefly in Dáil Éireann.[1]

An auctioneer and licensed grocer, he was elected to Dáil Éireann as Teachta Dála (TD) for the 7-seat Leitrim–Sligo constituency at the June 1927 general election as a representative of the National League Party.[2]

He is most famous for having been absent, on 16 August 1927, from a crucial vote of motion of no confidence in the Executive Council.[3] This resulted in a tied vote (71–71) and the government survived only because of the casting vote of the Ceann Comhairle (chairman). Many colourful stories have grown up over the years[vague] as to the means by which his absence from the voting lobbies was secured, although it seems most likely[original research?] that it was, in fact, a deliberate expression of his political views. The proposed alternative government was a Labour Party/National League coalition, depending on the external support of Fianna Fáil.

The September 1927 general election rapidly followed, at which he stood as an independent candidate and was not re-elected.

In 1928 and 1934, he was elected to Sligo County Council as a Cumann na nGaedheal and Fine Gael candidate respectively.


  1. ^ "Mr. John Jinks". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "John Jinks". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dáil Éireann - Volume 20 - PUBLIC BUSINESS. - NO CONFIDENCE MOTION". Houses of the Oireachtas. 16 August 1927.