His father William was from New Ross in County Wexford, and his mother Elizabeth Crawford was from Northumberland. He was educated at St Cuthbert's College in County Durham, and became a solicitor in 1841. He was also a justice of the peace for County Dublin. In 1865 he married Julia Cram, from Crofthouse in Northumberland.
However, he resigned his seat in January 1881 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead. The resulting by-election for his seat was won by the Home Rule candidate John Redmond, who later became leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.
Foley died in January 1881 not long after stepping down as an MP.
- "The New Members Of Parliament". The Times. London. 13 April 1880. p. 10. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "The New Members Of Parliament". The Times. London. 14 April 1880. p. 12. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- Walker, Brian M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland 1801–1922. A New History of Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 307. ISBN 0901714127. ISSN 0332-0286.
- "No. 24932". The London Gazette. 4 February 1881. p. 501.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Joseph Foley
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