His brother, Terence, then a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála (TD) and the Lord Mayor of Cork, died on hunger strike in 1920. He was elected at the 1921 elections for the Cork Mid, North, South, South East and West constituency and became a member of the Second Dáil. His sister Mary was elected for the Cork Borough constituency at the same election. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and voted against it (as did his sister Mary). He was defeated at the 1922 general election.
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