Patrick Gaffney (politician)

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Patrick "Paddy" Gaffney (died 1943) was a left-wing Irish politician. A flour miller from County Carlow, he was returned for the Labour Party in Carlow–Kilkenny at the 1922 general election.[1] He left Labour to join the Communist Party of Ireland in protest over the Constitution of the Irish Free State's requiring the Oath of Allegiance for all legislators.[2] He participated in the Third Dáil when it met as a "Provisional Parliament and Constitutent Assembly" in September 1922, but withdrew when it became the Free State Dáil in December as the Constitution came into force and the Oath was required.[3][4] He stood as a "Republican Labour" candidate in the 1923 general election but was defeated.[5]


  1. ^ "Mr. Patrick Gaffney". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  2. ^ Treacy, Matt (2012). The Communist Party of Ireland 1921 - 2011. p. 11. ISBN 9781291093186. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ McCartney, Donal (2008). "Parliamentary representation and electoral politics in Carlow". In Mcgrath, Thomas (ed.). Carlow: History & Society : Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County. series editor William Nolan. Geography Publications. p. 915.
  4. ^ Laffan, Michael (1999-12-02). The Resurrection of Ireland: The Sinn Féin Party, 1916–1923. Cambridge University Press. p. 391. ISBN 9781139426299. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  5. ^ Clarkson, Jesse Dunsmore (1925). Labour and Nationalism in Ireland. Studies in history, economics, and public law. 266. Columbia University. p. 463.