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Margaret Collins-O'Driscoll (16 August 1876, County Cork – 17 June 1945, County Dublin)[1] was an Irish Cumann na nGaedheal politician. She was the sister of the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. She was educated at Baggot Street Training College and was a schoolteacher and school principal before entering politics.[2]

Margaret Collins-O'Driscoll
Margaret Collins-O'Driscoll.jpg
Collins-O'Driscoll as she appeared in a 1933 piece of election material
Teachta Dála
In office
February 1932 – January 1933
In office
September 1927 – February 1932
In office
June 1927 – September 1927
In office
August 1923 – June 1927
ConstituencyDublin North
Personal details
Margaret Collins

(1876-08-16)16 August 1876
Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland
Died17 June 1945(1945-06-17) (aged 69)
Political partyCumann na nGaedhael
Spouse(s)Patrick O'Driscoll
RelativesMichael Collins (Brother)

She was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Cumann na nGaedheal Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North constituency at the 1923 general election.[3] She was re-elected at every subsequent election until she lost her seat at the 1933 general election.[4] Her great-granddaughter is the actress Dervla Kirwan.[5]


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  2. ^ "Margaret Collins-O'Driscoll". Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics (QUB). Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Margaret Collins-O'Driscoll". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Margaret Collins-O'Driscoll". Retrieved 27 April 2009.
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