Thomas Condon (senator)

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Thomas Condon
Senator
In office
August 1944 – October 1944
ConstituencyIndustrial and Commercial Panel
In office
April 1938 – August 1938
ConstituencyAdministrative Panel
Personal details
Born(1883-05-16)16 May 1883
Athy, County Kildare, Ireland
Died12 September 1963(1963-09-12) (aged 80)
Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland
Resting placeKillegland Cemetery, Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Margaret McGuire
Children8 (including Colm)
OccupationAccountant, civil servant

Thomas Condon (16 May 1883 – 12 September 1963) was an Irish independent politician.

Background and Family[edit]

Thomas Condon was born in Athy, County Kildare on 16 May 1883, the son of Thomas Condon, a Sergent in the Royal Irish Constabulary, and Helena Cunningham.[1] He was brought up in Cappoquin, County Waterford, Ireland, he later moved to Clontarf, Dublin where he became a civil servant. He married Margaret McGuire a teacher from County Leitrim in 1912, with whom he had eight children, including Colm Condon, who went on to become a barrister, and Attorney General of Ireland. Thomas and Margaret later moved to Ashbourne, County Meath where they brought up their children. Thomas Condon was purportedly well educated, speaking fluently: Irish, Latin, and French, though little is known of his formal education. He died on 12 September 1963.

1916 Easter Rising[edit]

Condon was a member of the Irish Volunteers, who took part in the raid of the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks in Ashbourne, led by Thomas Ashe, in the Easter Rising of 1916, and was subsequently sent to HM Prison Wandsworth on 8 May 1916.[2] It is also probable that he used his position as a British civil servant, to spy on the British administration, prior to the rebellion.

Local politics[edit]

Thomas Condon was a Meath County Councillor for Ashbourne, and Cathaoirligh (chair) of Meath County Council from 1934 to 1936.[3], Thomas Condon was also Eighteen times reelected as the chairman of the Council for County councils from 1936 to 1954. [4]

Irish tourist board[edit]

Thomas Condon was appointed as the President of the Irish Tourist board, upon its creation in 1939, [5], and he was later appointed as the chairman of the executive and finance committee of the tourist board [6]

Seanad Éireann[edit]

He was a member of Seanad Éireann in 1938 and again in 1944. He was first elected to the 2nd Seanad in April 1938 by the Administrative Panel.[7] He lost his seat in the August 1938 Seanad election. He was re-elected by the Industrial and Commercial Panel at the 1944 Seanad election.[7] He was disqualified from the Seanad on 25 October 1944 by virtue of his membership of the Irish Tourist Board.[8] He was replaced by Frederick Summerfield.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Irish Genealogy". civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie.
  2. ^ http://the1916proclamation.ie/the-roll-honour/c/
  3. ^ "Meath Chronicle - Recent Deaths 30-08-08". Meath Chronicle.
  4. ^ 5 August 1954 - Dublin Evening Mail - Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  5. ^ 5 August 1939 - Weekly Irish Times - Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  6. ^ 16 March 1962 - Irish Times - Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  7. ^ a b "Thomas Condon". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Official Report (Seanad Éireann), Volume 29: Vacancy in Seanad – Motion". Houses of the Oireachtas. 25 October 1944. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Official Report (Seanad Éireann), Volume 29: New Senator Takes His Seat". Houses of the Oireachtas. 7 March 1945. Retrieved 25 August 2013.