Patrick O'Keeffe (politician)

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Patrick ("Paudeen") O'Keeffe (Irish: Pádraig Ó Caoimh; 3 July 1881 – 20 September 1973) was an Irish politician, revolutionary and public servant.

O'Keeffe was born in the townland of Nohoval, Cullen, County Cork, the son of Daniel John O'Keeffe and Bridget Sullivan.[1] He joined the Sinn Féin party led by Arthur Griffith, where he was at one time honorary secretary.[2] He fought in the Easter Rising in 1916 and was subsequently interned at Frongoch internment camp.[2] He was elected as a Sinn Féin MP for the Cork North constituency at the 1918 general election.[3] As such, he was a member of the First Dáil, though he could not attend the first meeting as he was in prison.[4]

He was elected unopposed as a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork Mid, North, South, South East and West constituency at the 1921 elections. He supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty and voted for it. He did not contest the 1922 general election.[5]

He was deputy governor (and effectively in charge) of Mountjoy Prison during the Irish Civil War of 1922-1923, where he was popular with the prisoners, despite being on the opposing side.[2] In his vivid civil war memoir, The Gates Flew Open, Peadar O'Donnell devotes a chapter to how O'Keeffe was relentlessly mocked by the prisoners who called him 'Paudeen.'[6] He was assistant clerk of Seanad Éireann from 1938 until his retirement in 1947.[2]

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  1. ^ "General Registrar's Office". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Patrick Long, "O'Keeffe, Patrick (‘Paudeen’) (Ó Caoimh, Pádraig)", Dictionary of Irish Biography.
  3. ^ "Mr. Patrick O'Keeffe". 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. ^ "Patrick O'Keeffe". Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  6. ^ O’Donnell, Peadar "The Gates Flew Open" 1932 (Chapter 7)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Guiney
Member of Parliament for North Cork
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
New constituency Teachta Dála for North Cork
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished