Martin Flavin (politician)

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Martin Flavin (1841–1916) [1][2] was an Irish nationalist politician, butter merchant and prominent businessman [2] from Cork. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1891 to 1892 .

Flavin was chairman of the Cork-Macroom Railway Co. and was a director of the Cork Imperial Hotel Co.[2] Being an Alderman on Cork Corporation in 1891, he was selected to stand for election [2] to the United Kingdom House of Commons as an Anti-Parnellite candidate at a by-election held on 6 November 1891 for the Cork City constituency, to fill the vacancy caused by Parnell's death.[3] He won the by-election with a large majority,[3] defeating both the future Irish nationalist leader, John Redmond and a Unionist candidate,[2] but due to ill-health [2] he did not stand at the next general election, held in July 1892, when both of Cork City's two seats were won by Anti-Parnellites.[4]

He died at his Summerhill, Cork residence on 30 December 1916.[2]


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: House of Commons constituencies beginning with "C", part 5". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Cadogan, Tim & Falvey, Jeremiah: A Biographical Dictionary of Cork, Four Courts Press (2006), ISBN 1-84682-030-8
  3. ^ a b Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 143. ISBN 0-901714-12-7. 
  4. ^ Walker, op. cit., page 145

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Stewart Parnell
Maurice Healy
Member of Parliament for Cork City
With: Maurice Healy
Succeeded by
William O'Brien
Maurice Healy