Eamonn Kissane

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Eamon Kissane
Senator
In office
1954–1965
ConstituencyCultural and Educational Panel
In office
1951–1954
ConstituencyNominated by the Taoiseach
Teachta Dála
In office
July 1937 – February 1948
ConstituencyKerry North
In office
February 1932 – July 1937
ConstituencyKerry
Personal details
Born1899
County Kerry, Ireland
Died20 May 1979
County Kerry, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil

Eamon Kissane (1899 – 20 May 1979) was an Irish teacher, barrister and Fianna Fáil politician, who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for 19 years and then as a Senator for 14 years.[1]

Career[edit]

Kissane was first elected to Dáil Éireann as TD for the Kerry constituency at the 1932 general election which began sixteen years of unbroken rule for Éamon de Valera's Fianna Fáil. In the last months of the 10th Dáil, Kissane got his first promotion, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Lands, from February to June 1943. After Fianna Fáil's victory at the 1944 general election, Kissane was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Taoiseach (Government Chief Whip) and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence. He served in that position until when Fianna Fáil was defeated at the 1948 general election, when the First Inter-Party Government took office.

Fianna Fáil won the 1951 general election, but Kissane lost his own Dáil seat in Kerry North. He stood again in Kerry North at the 1954 general election, but was not successful.[2]

After his defeat in 1951, Kissane was nominated by the Taoiseach to the 7th Seanad, and in 1954 he was elected by the Cultural and Educational Panel to the 8th Seanad. The panel returned him to the next two Seanads, but he did not contest the 1965 election to the 11th Seanad, and retired from politics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eamon Kissane". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Eamon Kissane". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Paddy Smith
Government Chief Whip
1943–1948
Succeeded by
Liam Cosgrave