Lorcan Robbins

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Lorcan Robbins[1] (also called Laurence[2] and/or Robins;[3] Irish: Lorcán O Roibín[4]) (1884/85[5]–1939[2]) was an Irish Sinn Féin activist and politician. He was the son of Laurence Dalton Robins, a farmer from Tullaghnageeragh near Moate in County Westmeath, who worked undercover for Sinn Féin under the alias "Richard Dalton".[3]

When the First Dáil established a separatist Irish Republic in 1919, the younger Robbins worked in the Dáil government's Department of Finance.[6] He was nominated as a Sinn Féin candidate in the Longford–Westmeath constituency in the 1921 general election. Arthur Griffith suggested that, if elected, he be excused attendance at the Dáil in order to continue working for the Department of Finance; Michael Collins overruled Griffith.[6] Robbins and the other Sinn Féin candidates were returned unopposed as TDs to the Second Dáil.[7]

On 7 January 1922, he voted in favour of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.[4] On 11 January he was appointed Assistant Minister for Local Government in the post-Treaty Dáil government,[1][2] although this appointment was never ratified by the Dáil.[1] He lost his Dáil seat at the 1922 general election,[8] although he remained an Assistant Minister until the Dáil government was merged with the Provisional Government in September.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Second Dáil". History of Government. Department of Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mr. Laurence Robbins". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Cox, Liam (1981). Moate, Co. Westmeath, A History of the Town and District. Athlone. p. 178. OCLC 499737544. 
  4. ^ a b "Debate on Treaty". Dáil Éireann debates — Volume 3. 7 January 1922. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Residents of a house in Tullaghnageeragh (Moate, Westmeath)". Census of Ireland 1901. National Archives of Ireland. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Fanning, Ronan (June 1978). The Irish Department of Finance, 1922-58. Institute of Public Administration. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-902173-82-8. 
  7. ^ "Laurence Robbins". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Longford Westmeath First Preference Votes". ElectionsIreland. Retrieved 4 September 2010.