Seán McCurtin

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Seán (John) Patrick McCurtin (McCurtain, Mac Curtáin) (24 June 1896 – 12 November 1982) was an Irish Cumann na nGaedheal politician and National Army officer.[1]

McCurtin was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment at Enniskillen assizes on 13 March 1922 for possession of firearms and ammunition, and transferred to Aberdeen prison in 1923.[2][3] His brother was a commandant in the National Army, killed during the Civil War.[4]

McCurtin was first elected to Dáil Éireann while in prison, as a Cumann na nGaedheal Teachta Dála (TD) for the Tipperary constituency at the 1923 general election.[1] The Free State government regarded him as one of a number of political prisoners and demanded their release.[3][5] The UK government undertook to review their cases, and the Northern Ireland prime minister, Sir James Craig, agreed to accept the review's conclusions.[4] McCurtin was released with 32 others on 25 January 1926,[4] and took his seat in the Dáil on 23 March 1926.[6]

McCurtin did not contest the June 1927 general election.[7] He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1932 and 1933 general elections.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Mr. Seán McCurtin". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  2. ^ HC Deb 05 March 1925 vol 181 cc616-20
  3. ^ a b "Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral answers. - Deputy imprisoned in Scotland". Dáil Éireann debates. 13 December 1923. pp. Vol. 5 No. 23 p.3 c1809. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c McConville, Sean (2003). Irish Political Prisoners 1848-1922: Theatres of War. Routledge. p. 768. ISBN 9780415219914. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Release of political prisoners by Northern Government". Dáil Éireann debates. 9 June 1925. pp. Vol. 12 No. 5 p.3 c.479. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Deputy takes his seat". Dáil Éireann debates. 23 March 1926. pp. Vol. 14 No. 16 p.32 cc.1498–99. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Seán McCurtin". Retrieved 3 January 2009.