Hugh Law (Cumann na nGaedheal politician)

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Hugh Alexander Law (1872 – 1 April 1943) was an Irish nationalist politician.[1] He represented constituencies in County Donegal as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom House of Commons and later as a Teachta Dála (TD) in Dáil Éireann.

A barrister, Law was the second son of Hugh Law, who had been Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1881 to 1883,[2] and was educated in England at Wixenford School.[3] He was returned as an Irish Parliamentary Party member of the Westminster parliament for Donegal West at an unopposed by-election in April 1902,[4][5] and was unopposed at successive general elections until he stood down at the 1918 general election,[5] when the seat was won by Joseph Sweeney of Sinn Féin.

At the 1923 Irish general election he was an unsuccessful Farmers' Party candidate for the 5th Dáil in the Donegal constituency.[6] He stood again as a Cumann na nGaedheal candidate at the June 1927 general election and was elected to the 6th Dáil.[7] Law was re-elected at the September 1927 general election, but lost his seat at the 1932 general election, and did not stand again.[8]


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "D", part 2". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Irish News (Belfast), 3 April 2012
  3. ^ Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, 1st Baron Pethick-Lawrence, Fate Has Been Kind (1943), p. 20
  4. ^ "No. 27429". The London Gazette. 29 April 1902. p. 2860. 
  5. ^ a b Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-12-7. 
  6. ^ Brian M. Walker, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286. 
  7. ^ "Hugh Law". Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mr. Hugh Law". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Boyle
Member of Parliament for West Donegal
Succeeded by
Joseph Sweeney
(Sinn Féin)
Preceded by
Denis McCullough
(Cumann na nGaedheal)
Cumann na nGaedheal Teachta Dála for Donegal
Succeeded by
Brian Brady
(Fianna Fáil)