A native of Athy, County Kildare and a schoolteacher, he was a successful candidate at the 1954 general election. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare constituency at the 1957 general election. He was re-elected at the 1961 general election, but lost his seat at the 1965 general election.
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