Harry Colley

Henry Edward Colley (21 February 1891 – 18 January 1972) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North-East constituency from 1944 to 1957.[1] He was also a Senator for the Labour Panel from 1957 to 1961.

Harry Colley
In office
24 March 1957 – 4 October 1961
ConstituencyLabour Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
May 1944 – March 1957
ConstituencyDublin North-East
Personal details
Henry Edward Colley

(1891-02-21)21 February 1891
Dublin, Ireland
Died18 January 1972(1972-01-18) (aged 80)
Dublin, Ireland
Political partyFianna Fáil
Spouse(s)Christina Colley (m. 1914; 1972)
RelationsAnne Colley (Granddaughter)
Children5, including George

Colley was first elected to Dáil Éireann on his second attempt, at the 1944 general election, representing Dublin North-East.[2] He remained a TD until he lost his seat at the 1957 general election, to the future Taoiseach and future rival to his son, Charles Haughey. Colley was elected to Seanad Éireann for the Labour Panel in 1957. He did not contest the 1961 Seanad election.[1]

His son, George Colley, was elected to the Dáil for the same constituency at the 1961 general election and went on to hold several cabinet positions, including those of Minister for Finance and Tánaiste. He was defeated in the 1979 Fianna Fáil leadership election, by the man who unseated his father, Charles Haughey.

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  1. ^ a b "Harry Colley". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Harry Colley". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 6 August 2012.