Michael F. Kitt (13 September 1914 – 24 December 1974) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and long-serving Teachta Dála (TD).[1]

Michael F. Kitt
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Gaeltacht
In office
9 May 1970 – 14 March 1973
Preceded byGerry Collins
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Teachta Dála
In office
July 1969 – December 1974
ConstituencyGalway North-East
In office
October 1961 – June 1969
ConstituencyGalway East
In office
March 1957 – September 1961
In office
February 1948 – May 1951
ConstituencyGalway North
Personal details
Born(1914-09-13)13 September 1914
Mountbellew, County Galway, Ireland
Died24 December 1974(1974-12-24) (aged 60)
Castleblakeney, County Galway, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFianna Fáil
OccupationFarmer and national school teacher

Kitt was born in Mountbellew, County Galway, the son of Thomas Kitt, master of Mountbellew workhouse, and Kathleen Sheehey.[2]

He was elected to Dáil Éireann for the first time at the 1948 general election for the Galway North constituency, but lost his seat at the 1951 general election, and failed to be elected again at the 1954 general election. Kitt was re-elected to Dáil Éireann for Galway North at the 1957 general election, and elsewhere at the next four general elections: for Galway East in 1961 and 1965, and for Galway North-East in 1969 and 1973.[3]

In the wake of the Arms Crisis in May 1970, Kitt was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Gaeltacht, serving in that position until 1973. He died in 1974, midway through the 20th Dáil.

His son Michael P. Kitt was elected in the subsequent by-election. Kitt's other son, Tom, was a TD from 1987 to 2011. Kitt's daughter, Áine Brady, is also a member of Fianna Fáil and served in the Dáil from 2007 to 2011. Her husband, Gerard Brady, is a former TD.

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  1. ^ "Michael F. Kitt". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  2. ^ "General Registrar's Office" (PDF). IrishGenealogy.ie. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Michael F. Kitt". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 18 August 2012.