Seán Milroy

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Seán Milroy
Seán Milroy, circa 1920s.jpg
Milroy, c. 1920s
Teachta Dála
In office
May 1921 – 11 March 1925
In office
Personal details
Political partySinn Féin
Cumann na nGaedheal
Fine Gael
Military service
Allegiance Irish Free State
Branch/serviceIrish Republican Army
UnitIrish Volunteers
Battles/warsEaster Rising

John Ignatius Milroy, known as Seán Milroy (1877 – 30 November 1946), was an Irish revolutionary and politician, who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising and served in the Second Dáil during the War of Independence and afterwards in the Senate of the Irish Free State.


Milroy was born in Maryport, Cumberland, England to Scottish parents. He moved to Cork as a young adult.[1] He was a journalist by profession.

He was a close personal friend of Arthur Griffith and an early member of Sinn Féin, serving on its national executive from 1909 to 1912.[2] He joined the Irish Volunteers, and in 1915 he was arrested and imprisoned for three months for a speech in which he urged Irishmen not to fight in the First World War.[3] He fought in the Easter Rising in 1916, and was imprisoned in England.[2]

On 3 April 1918, Milroy contested a by-election for Sinn Féin in Tyrone East unsuccessfully. In the 1918 United Kingdom general election he stood in Tyrone North-East, but an electoral pact brokered by Cardinal Michael Logue allocated the seat to the Irish Parliamentary Party and it was not contested by Sinn Féin.[4] He was elected a Sinn Féin Teachta Dála (TD) at the 1921 elections for both the Cavan constituency and for the Fermanagh and Tyrone constituency.[5] He supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty and voted in favour of it.

He became a member of Cumann na nGaedheal but left the party and resigned from his seat in 1924 along with seven other TDs in opposition to the Government's actions to the so-called Irish Army mutiny. He contested the June 1927 general election unsuccessfully.[6]

In later years, he made up with his former colleagues and was elected to Seanad Éireann, serving for both Cumann na nGaedheal and later for Fine Gael from 1928 until the Free State Seanad was abolished in 1936. He was re-elected to the new Seanad in 1938, following the 1937 general election but failed to be re-elected following the 1938 general election.


  1. ^ Sean Milroy Kilmainham Gaol Autographbooks
  2. ^ a b Coleman, Marie (2009). "Milroy, John Ignatius ('Seán')". In McGuire, James; Quinn, James (eds.). Dictionary of Irish Biography. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ Kelly, M. J. (2006). The Fenian Ideal and Irish Nationalism, 1882-1916. Boydell & Brewer. p. 249. ISBN 1843832046. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. ^ Dublin Evening Telegraph. 4 December 1918. Milroy defied the pact as a breakaway candidate but received only 56 votes.
  5. ^ "Seán Milroy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Seán Milroy". Retrieved 11 April 2009.


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