James Coburn (Irish politician)

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James Coburn (13 April 1889 – 5 December 1953), also known as "The Juker" Coburn,[1] was an Irish politician. A builders foreman, he was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a National League Party Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency at the June 1927 general election.[2] He was re-elected at the September 1927 general election but became an independent TD in July 1931 following the disbandment of the National League Party. He was re-elected as an independent TD at the 1932 and 1933 general elections. At the 1937 general election he was re-elected as a Fine Gael TD for Louth. He was re-elected at each general election until the 1951 general election.[3] His background as a builder led to Fianna Fáil supporters disrupting Coburn's rallies at election time by singing "A mason once again" to the tune of the Fine Gael anthem A Nation Once Again. He died during the 14th Dáil and the subsequent by-election on 3 March 1954 was won by his son George Coburn.

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  1. ^ "Death of TD who won only Louth by-election". Dundalk Democrat. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mr. James Coburn". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "James Coburn". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 March 2009.