Liam de Róiste

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Liam de Róiste (1882 – 15 May 1959) was an Irish Sinn Féin politician, diarist and Gaelic scholar.[1]

He was a member of the Irish Volunteers and fought in the Easter Rising in 1916 with the Cork City Battalion.[2] He was elected as a Sinn Féin MP for the Cork City constituency at the 1918 general election.[3] In January 1919, Sinn Féin MPs refused to recognise the Parliament of the United Kingdom and instead assembled at the Mansion House in Dublin as a revolutionary parliament called Dáil Éireann, though de Róiste was unable to attend.[4]

De Róiste opposed the Belfast Boycott stating in a 1920 Dáil debate; "it would mean having to purchase English-made goods instead of Belfast-made articles. Economic penetration was the solution of the Ulster question.[5]

In April, 1921 while staying at a neighbours for fear of assassination, the family home was stormed by a party of Black and Tans. A personal friend and Catholic priest, James O'Callaghan, evidently mistaken for his host, was shot and killed while investigating the disturbance downstairs.[6][7] The intruders left unopposed.

De Róiste was re-elected without contest at the 1921 elections for the Cork Borough constituency. He supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty and voted in favour of it. He was again re-elected in the 1922 general election as a member of pro-Treaty Sinn Féin. He did not stand at the 1923 general election but stood unsuccessfully as a Cumann na nGaedheal candidate at the June 1927 general election.[8]

In his private life he was Secretary and Director of the Irish International Trading Corporation, Cork, and an author.[3]


  1. ^ "The First World War And Ireland". Waterford County Museum. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Cork City Battalion Roster". Wickham & McKiernan genealogy website. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Mr. Liam de Róiste". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Roll call of the first sitting of the First Dáil". Dáil Éireann Historical Debates (in Irish). 21 January 1919. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Dáil Éireann - Volume 1 - 06 August, 1920". Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  6. ^ O'Donoghue, Florence; Josephine O'Donoghue (2006). John Borgonovo, ed. Florence and Josephine O'Donoghue's War of Independence: a destiny that shapes our ends. Irish Academic Press. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-7165-3370-2. 
  7. ^ Borgonovo, John (2007). Spies, informers and the "Anti-Sinn Féin Society": the intelligence war in Cork city, 1920-1921. Irish Academic Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-7165-2833-3. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Liam de Róiste". Retrieved 10 April 2009.