|Member of Parliament|
for North Galway
28 February 1906 – 14 December 1918
|Preceded by||Thomas Higgins|
|Succeeded by||Bryan Cusack|
|Member of Parliament|
for North Louth
December 1910 – February 1911
|Preceded by||Timothy Michael Healy|
|Succeeded by||Augustine Roche|
|Born||5 December 1879|
|Died||26 January 1943(aged 63)|
|Political party||Irish Parliamentary Party|
Richard Hazleton (5 December 1879 – 26 January 1943) was an Irish nationalist politician of the Irish Parliamentary Party. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for North Galway from 1906 to 1918, taking his seat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
He was born at Gresham Buildings, Dollymount, Dublin, on 5 December 1879, the son of Thomas Hazleton, a draper originally from Dungannon, County Tyrone, and Bridget Rose Ryan. He was born at Dollymount, Dublin, in 1880. He was educated at Blackrock College.
He was one of the founders of the Young Ireland Branch of the United Irish League, which included Thomas Kettle, Rory O'Connor and James Creed Meredith. He was seen as one of the Irish Party's most promising young members.
At the general election in January 1906, the 25-year-old Hazelton contested the South County Dublin constituency, where he lost by a wide margin to the Unionist Walter Long, a former Chief Secretary for Ireland. However, Thomas Higgins, the nationalist candidate in North Galway, had died the night before polling day and was elected posthumously, thereby creating an immediate vacancy. Hazelton was the only candidate nominated for the resulting by-election, and was therefore elected unopposed when nominations closed on 28 February.
At the next general election, in January 1910, Hazelton was returned unopposed in North Galway, but also stood in North Louth, where he narrowly failed to unseat the sitting MP Tim Healy, of the All-for-Ireland League. However, at the December 1910 election, he was again returned unopposed in North Galway, but also stood again in North Louth. This time he defeated Tim Healy in a bitter contest, by 2509 votes to 2021, but the North Louth result was subsequently overturned on petition, the reason cited being corrupt and defamatory conduct.
On 24 May 1914, he resigned his seat in Parliament, citing health and financial reasons. On 21 July 1914, he was re-elected to the same constituency in a by-election, in which he was the only candidate - a comeback to Parliament for the same constituency after 28 days.
He was honorary secretary to the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1907 to 1918.
He lost his seat in the 1918 general election, when he came to within a few hundred votes of retaining the Louth seat for the Irish Party.
He was briefly engaged to the singer Margaret Burke Sheridan.
- "General Registrar's Office". IrishGenealogy.ie. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
- Obituary. R. Hazleton, ex-MP, Irish Times, 27 January 1943.
- Maume, Patrick: The long Gestation, Irish Nationalist Life 1891-1918, Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1999, pp. 230-31. ISBN 0-7171-2744-3
- Mr Richard Hazleton, Irish Independent, 27 January 1943.
- Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 267. ISBN 0-901714-12-7.
- Walker, op. cit, p. 170
- Walker, op. cit, p. 174
- Walker, op. cit, p. 175
- Walker, op. cit, p. 179
- Walker, op. cit, p. 180
- "Phil Woolas case: last MP to have election overturned was in 1911; The last time an MP saw their election victory overturned for corrupt practices was Richard Hazleton, in 1911, following bribery, violence and slander at the polls," by Martin Beckford, London Telegraph, 05 Nov 2010
- Resignation of Mr Hazleton, MP, Irish Times, 30 May 1914.
- https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1914/jul/08/adjourned-debate Commons debate (Hansard) 8 July 1914
- Mr Hazleton re-elected, Irish Times, 22 July 1914.
- The Times, 27 January 1943.