William Sears (politician)

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William Sears (died 23 March 1929) was an Irish Sinn Féin and later Cumann na nGaedheal politician.

He was elected as a Sinn Féin MP for the Mayo South constituency at the 1918 general election.[1] 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 Sears did not attend as he was in prison.[2] He was elected unopposed as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála (TD) for the Mayo South–Roscommon South constituency at the 1921 elections.

He supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty and voted for it. He was re-elected unopposed for the same constituency at the 1922 general election, this time as a pro-Treaty Sinn Féin TD. He was elected as a Cumann na nGaedheal TD for Mayo South constituency at the 1923 general election.[3] He lost his seat at the June 1927 general election but was elected to the Seanad in 1928. He died in office in 1929 and the by-election for his seat was won by Sir Nugent Everard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. William Sears". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Roll call of the first sitting of the First Dáil". Dáil Éireann Historical Debates (in Irish). 21 January 1919. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "William Sears". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 April 2009.