James Leahy

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James Leahy (1822–1896) was an Irish nationalist politician who took his seat in the United Kingdom House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for constituencies in County Kildare from 1880 to 1892.[1]

He was the son of Daniel Leahy, a farmer of Templemore, Co. Tipperary. He was educated privately and was himself a tenant farmer. In 1850 he married Julia, daughter of John Mulhall, of Boyle, Co. Roscommon.[2]

Leahy was first elected at the 1880 general election, as a Parnellite Home Rule League candidate for the Kildare constituency,[3] In the vital vote of 17 May 1880 in which Parnell displaced William Shaw as chairman of the Parliamentary Party, Leahy voted for Parnell.[4] When the Kildare constituency was divided at the 1885 general election, he was returned unopposed for the new Southern division of Kildare.[5] He was again elected unopposed in 1886,[6] and sided with Parnell when the IPP split in 1891. However, at the 1892 general election he lost the seat by a wide margin to the Anti-Parnellite candidate, Matthew Minch.[7] He did not stand for Parliament again, but appears to have remained an active Parnellite. He was present at the nomination of James Laurence Carew as Parnellite candidate for Dublin College Green on 6 April 1896.[8]


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "K", part 1". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  2. ^ The Times, 27 November 1885
  3. ^ Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 125. ISBN 0-901714-12-7. 
  4. ^ T. P. O'Connor, The Parnell Movement, London, Kegan Paul 1886, p.372
  5. ^ Walker, op. cit., page 133
  6. ^ Walker, op. cit., page 139
  7. ^ Walker, op. cit., page 147
  8. ^ Irish Times, 11 April 1896

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Cogan
Charles Henry Meldon
Member of Parliament for Kildare
With: Charles Henry Meldon
Constituency divided
New constituency Member of Parliament for South Kildare
Succeeded by
Matthew Minch