William Kent (Irish politician)

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William Rice Kent was an Irish politician.

Kent and three brothers—Thomas, David and Richard—were involved in a gunfight with the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) at their home, Bawnard, in Castlelyons, County Cork in May 1916, following the Easter Rising, in which Richard was killed, as well as a head constable. Thomas was courtmartialled for the killing and executed, and David was sentenced to death, which was commuted to life imprisonment, but William was acquitted.[1]

He was first elected as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork East constituency at the September 1927 general election.[2] He lost his seat at the 1932 general election. He was elected as a National Centre Party TD at the 1933 general election. He did not contest the 1937 general election.[3]

His brother David Kent was a Sinn Féin TD for Cork East from 1918–27.

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  1. ^ Piaras F. Mac Lochlainn, Last words: Letters and Statements of the Leaders Executed after the Rising at Easter 1916, Stationery Office, Dublin, 1990, pp. 155–7
  2. ^ "Mr. William Kent". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "William Kent". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 April 2009.