Thomas F. O'Higgins

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Thomas F. O'Higgins
Minister for Defence
In office
18 February 1948 – 7 March 1951
Taoiseach John A. Costello
Preceded by Oscar Traynor
Succeeded by Seán Mac Eoin
Minister for Industry and Commerce
In office
7 March 1951 – 13 June 1951
Taoiseach John A. Costello
Preceded by Daniel Morrissey
Succeeded by Seán Lemass
Leader of the Opposition
In office
11 January 1944 – 9 June 1944
President Douglas Hyde
Taoiseach Éamon de Valera
Preceded by W. T. Cosgrave
Succeeded by Richard Mulcahy
Teachta Dála
In office
February 1948 – 1 November 1953
Constituency Cork Borough
Teachta Dála
In office
July 1937 – February 1948
Constituency Laois-Offaly
Teachta Dála
In office
March 1929 – February 1932
Constituency Dublin North
Personal details
Born Thomas Francis O'Higgins
(1890-04-08)8 April 1890
Stradbally, Laois, Ireland
Died 1 November 1953(1953-11-01) (aged 63)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Jane O'Higgins
(m. 1918; d. 1953)
Relations Kevin O'Higgins (Brother)
Children
Alma mater Dublin City University

Thomas Francis O'Higgins (8 April 1890 – 1 November 1953) was an Irish Fine Gael politician and medical practitioner who served as Minister for Defence from 1948 to 1951, Minister for Industry and Commerce from March 1951 to June 1951 and Leader of the Opposition from January 1944 to June 1944. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1929 to 1932 and 1937 to 1953.[1]

He grew up in Stradbally, County Laois, one of sixteen children of Dr. Thomas Higgins and Anne Sullivan. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Cumann na nGaedheal Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin North at the 14 March 1929 by-election. At the 1932 general election he was elected for the Leix–Offaly constituency.[2] From the 1948 general election, he represented Cork Borough.[2]

He was the founder of the Army Comrades Association, commonly referred to as the Blueshirts. He became parliamentary leader of Fine Gael in 1944, while the former leader, Richard Mulcahy, was attempting to get elected to Seanad Éireann and retain his position.

In 1948 he joined the Cabinet of John A. Costello as Minister for Defence. He served as Minister for Industry and Commerce from March 1951 to June 1951. His sons Tom O'Higgins and Michael O'Higgins were also members of the Dáil, the former serving in government (and twice a candidate for President of Ireland) and as Chief Justice of Ireland from 1974-85. He was a brother of Kevin O'Higgins, the government minister assassinated in 1927.

O'Higgins died while still in office in 1953.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Thomas Francis O'Higgins". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Dr Tom O'Higgins". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
W. T. Cosgrave
Leader of the Opposition
January–June 1944
(acting)
Succeeded by
Richard Mulcahy
Preceded by
Oscar Traynor
Minister for Defence
1948–1951
Succeeded by
Seán Mac Eoin
Preceded by
Daniel Morrissey
Minister for Industry and Commerce
March–June 1951
Succeeded by
Seán Lemass