Henry Coyle (politician)

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Henry Coyle (died 29 May 1979) was a National Army officer and later a Cumann na nGaedheal politician.[1]

He was elected at the 1923 general election to the 4th Dáil as Teachta Dála (TD) for Mayo North.[2] In 1924, Coyle was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for bouncing cheques.[3] Because his sentence was for more than six months, he was disqualified from the Oireachtas from 9 May 1924 under Section 51 of the Electoral Act 1923.[1] The by-election caused by his disqualification was won by John Madden of Sinn Féin.

Coyle remains the only TD to have been disqualified in this way.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Mr. Henry Coyle". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 16 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Henry Coyle". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 January 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Colman Cassidy (17 January 2001). "TDs who have seen the inside of a cell". The Irish Times. Retrieved 13 January 2008.