P. J. Moloney

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(Patrick James) P. J. Moloney (20 March 1869 – 4 September 1947) was an Irish Sinn Féin politician. Prior to entering politics he was a chemist.

Moloney was actively involved in the Republican movement in Tipperary. He was arrested and jailed in the mass arrests after the Easter Rising.[1] The meeting to elect brigade officers for the 3rd Tipperary Brigade was held in his house in Church street Tipperary Town.[2] The house was burnt down during the war by British forces. His three sons were active members of the brigade. One of his sons, Con became Adjutant General of the anti treaty IRA during the Civil War another of his sons, Patrick, was killed during the War of Independence.

Plaque in Church street Tipperary commemorating the contribution of the Moloney family to the struggle for independence

He was elected as a Sinn Féin MP for the Tipperary South constituency at the 1918 general election.[3] In January 1919, Sinn Féin MPs refused to recognise the Parliament of the United Kingdom and instead assembled at the Mansion House in Dublin as a revolutionary parliament called Dáil Éireann.[4] He was elected unopposed as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary Mid, North and South constituency at the 1921 elections.

He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and voted against it. He was re-elected for the same constituency at the 1922 general election, this time as an anti-Treaty Sinn Féin TD, but he did not take his seat in the Dáil. He did not contest the 1923 general election.[5]

A great-grandson is the Irish historian Eunan O'Halpin.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bureau of Military History, Witness Statetment 1051 - James Ryan
  2. ^ Bureau of Military History, Witness Statetment 1721 - Seamus Robinson
  3. ^ "Mr. P. J. Moloney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Roll call of the first sitting of the First Dáil". Dáil Éireann Historical Debates (in Irish). 21 January 1919. Archived from the original on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  5. ^ "P. J. Moloney". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  6. ^ Martin Mansergh (28 June 2008). "Neutral by name". The Irish Times.