Cormac Michael Breslin (25 April 1902 – 23 January 1978) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann from 1967 to 1973. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1937 to 1977.[1]

Cormac Breslin
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
In office
14 November 1967 – 14 March 1973
DeputyDenis Jones
Preceded byPatrick Hogan
Succeeded bySeán Treacy
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1969 – June 1977
In office
October 1961 – June 1969
ConstituencyDonegal South-West
In office
July 1937 – October 1961
ConstituencyDonegal West
Personal details
Cormac Michael Breslin

(1902-04-25)25 April 1902
Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland
Died23 January 1978(1978-01-23) (aged 75)
Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Antoinnette Willman
(m. 1923; d. 1978)
EducationSt Eunan's College
Alma materUniversity College Dublin

He was born in Gweedore, County Donegal.[citation needed] He was educated at St Eunan's College, Letterkenny and, while Leas-Cheann Comhairle, attended the Golden Jubilee there in September 1956.[2]

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) for the Donegal West constituency at the 1937 general election.[3] He was re-elected at every election until his retirement in 1977, switching constituency to Donegal South-West in 1961 and to Donegal–Leitrim in 1969. He served as Ceann Comhairle (chairman) of Dáil Éireann from 1967 to 1973. He is credited for helping found the Industrial Estate in Gweedore, and also the turf burning station—a source of employment in his local parish, which allowed local people to cut the turbary and sell it to the station operated by the Electrical Supply Board (ESB), situated in Min a Cuing. He was survived by his wife Antoinnette (née Willman) and their nine children.


  1. ^ "Cormac Breslin". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  2. ^ "The Golden Jubilee tinged with sadness". St. Eunan's College: 1906 - 2006. Browne Printers Ltd. 2006. p. 46.
  3. ^ "Cormac Breslin". Retrieved 12 July 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Hogan
Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
Succeeded by
Seán Treacy