From Irish Political Review: June 2006

Putting The Record Straight About John O’Mahony TD

In an article in the April 2006 issue of the Irish Political Review (Garrett FitzGerald And A Pack Of Misbegotten Lies) I wrote that John O’Mahony, one of the TDs for Fermanagh/Tyrone attended and spoke at the Second Dáil. Which he did. I also said that he abstained in the vote on the misnamed Treaty. That was incorrect.

Looking through Rex Taylor’s biography of Michael Collins (Michael Collins, 1958, the 1964 Four Square paperback reprint, page 259) I found the usual list of those who voted for and against mutilating the Irish body politic. Unusually, Taylor gives the English versions of the TD’s names. And it turns out that Seán o Mathghamhna, who I never gave any thought to is John O Mahony. He voted and he voted the right way, which is to say he voted against the 'Treaty'.

So there you have it.

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