John Jinks (politician)
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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.
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. 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.
- "Mr. John Jinks". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "John Jinks". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "Dáil Éireann - Volume 20 - PUBLIC BUSINESS. - NO CONFIDENCE MOTION". Houses of the Oireachtas. 16 August 1927.