P. J. Ruttledge

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Patrick J. Ruttledge (1892 – 8 May 1952) was an Irish politician.[1]

Born in Ballina, Co. Mayo, he was educated at St Muredach's College there and later St Enda's Rathfarnham, run by Padraig Pearse. After studying at Trinity College, Dublin, he qualified as a solicitor in 1918 and built up a practice in his home town.[2]

During the Irish War of Independence he was active in the I.R.A. He was a close friend of Sean MacDermott, with whom he lived for some time.[2] He also took part in local politics, becoming chair of Ballina Urban Council from 1919 to 1932 and chair of Mayo County Council from 1922 to 1926. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1921 as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Mayo North and West.[3] He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and joined the Republican forces and was seriously injured during the Civil War.[2] He was re-elected to the Dáil again in 1923 for Mayo North and in a further ten elections until 1951. In 1926 Ruttledge was a founder-member of Fianna Fáil. He joined the cabinet of Éamon de Valera in 1932, serving as Minister for Lands and Fisheries, Minister for Justice and Minister for Local Government and Public Health, resigning in 1941 due to ill health. Ruttledge died in 1952 while still a member of the Dáil. He was described by the Irish Times as 'a gentle, kind and upright man'. He never married. A horsebreeder, he was a member of the Turf Club and won the Irish Derby with Mondragon in 1939.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Patrick J. Ruttledge". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Obituary: Mr P. J. Ruttledge, T. D.", Irish Times, 9 May 1952.
  3. ^ "Patrick J. Ruttledge". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
Oireachtas
New constituency Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Mayo North and West
1921–1923
Succeeded by
Ruttledge joins Anti-Treaty faction of Sinn Féin
Preceded by
Ruttledge was Sinn Féin prior to Treaty split
Sinn Féin (Anti-Treaty) Teachta Dála for
Mayo North and West

1921–1923
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
New constituency Sinn Féin Teachta Dála for Mayo North
1923–1926
Succeeded by
Ruttledge joins Fianna Fáil as founder-member
Preceded by
Ruttledge was previously a member of Sinn Féin
Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála for Mayo North
1926–1952
Succeeded by
Phelim Calleary
Political offices
Preceded by
Fionán Lynch
Minister for Lands and Fisheries
1932–1933
Succeeded by
Joseph Connolly
Preceded by
James Geoghegan
Minister for Justice
1933–1939
Succeeded by
Gerald Boland
Preceded by
Seán T. O'Kelly
Minister for Local Government and Public Health
1939–1941
Succeeded by
Seán MacEntee
Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael O'Flanagan
Vice-President of Sinn Féin
1923–1926
Succeeded by
Mary MacSwiney and John Madden