John O'Donnell (politician)

John O’Donnell (1866-1920) was an Irish journalist, Nationalist politician and MP. in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1900 to 1910.

He first became active in politics as an organiser for the United Irish League (UIL) in co. Mayo during 1898-89 as a protégé of William O'Brien .

In the 1900 general election he was elected MP. for South Mayo as successor to Michael Davitt who had resigned his Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) seat in protest against the Boer War. O’Donnell represented a newer generation of nationalist politicians. He became national secretary of the UIL, and remained loyal to William O’Brien even after O’Brien’s resignation from the IPP in 1903, trying to orchestrate his return to the party. He was rewarded for this by the deputy leader of the IPP, John Dillon arranging at the next UIL convention in 1904, O’Donnell’s replacement by his closest ally Joseph Devlin MP. of Belfast, a first IPP move in gaining control of O’Brien’s UIL..

O’Donnell bought the machinery of O’Briens closed down newspaper, the "Irish People", moved to Galway and there set up the "Connaught Champion". When land agitation flared up in 1905 he was imprisoned for his part in it to two months hard labour. He was re-elected in the January 1906 general election despite attempts by south Mayo priests to oppose him, squashed by O'Brien's threat to abandon a pact with the party to avoid contests at the election. After the election O’Donnell was identified as one of the little knot of O’Brien’s die-hard supporters, both he and D. D. Sheehan being expelled that autumn from the IPP, O’Donnell then in 1908 to formally rejoin the party on the initiative of its leader John Redmond, in the interest of unity.

In January 1910 general elections O’Donnell was returned for O’Brien's newly founded All for Ireland Party this time through clerical support against an anti-clerical opponent. However in the subsequent December 1910 general elections he was forced to retire through lack of support, while an Irish Party boycott drove his newspaper out of business in 1911. He retained links with O’Brien but never made a political comeback.

References

* Patrick Maume "The Long Gestation, Irish Nationalist Life 1891-1918" (1999) ISBN 0-7171-27443


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Daniel O'Donnell (politician) — Infobox State Representative honorific prefix = name =Daniel O Donnell honorific suffix = height =150px state assembly =New York district =69th term start =January 2003 term end = preceded =Edward C. Sullivan succeeded = birth date… …   Wikipedia

  • Patrick O'Donnell (politician) — Patrick O Donnell (died 4 October 1970) was a senior Irish Fine Gael Party politician and Teachta Dála (TD) for over twenty years. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann on 16 November 1949 for the Donegal West constituency, in a by election caused …   Wikipedia

  • John Smith Memorial Mace — University Debating Competitions Asian Championship · Australasian Championship · Canadian Championship · European Championship · Irish Times Debate · North American Championship · U.K. Mace Championship …   Wikipedia

  • John McCain — This article is about the U.S. Senator. For other persons and ships of the same name, see John McCain (disambiguation). John McCain …   Wikipedia

  • John Liu — Infobox Officeholder name = John Liu caption = order = title = New York City Council, 20th District term start = January 1 2002 term end = deputy = predecessor = successor = Incumbent birth date = 1967 birth place = Taiwan death date = death… …   Wikipedia

  • O'Donnell — (Irish: Ó Dónaill or Ó Dómhnaill), which is derived from the forename Domhnaill (meaning world ruler , Rex Mundi in Latin, Modern Irish spelling, Dónall) were an ancient and powerful Irish clan, kings, princes, and lords of Tír Chonaill (spelled… …   Wikipedia

  • Denise O'Donnell — is the Director of Justice Assistance at the US Department of Justice in the Obama Administration. She is also an attorney and Democratic politician from Buffalo, New York. She most recently served as New York State Commissioner of Criminal… …   Wikipedia

  • Christine O'Donnell — in August 2011. Personal details Born Christine Therese O Donnell August 27, 1969 (1969 08 27) …   Wikipedia

  • Marie-Louise O'Donnell — Senator Incumbent Assumed office May 2011 Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach Personal details Nationality …   Wikipedia

  • Michael Hayes (politician) — Michael Hayes (1 December 1889 – 11 July 1976) was an Irish politician. He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1921 general election and served until 1933.[1] He served as Minister for Education during 1922. He was also Ceann Comhairle of Dáil… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.