Patrick Lynch (Irish attorney general)
|6th Attorney General of Ireland|
22 December 1936 – 1 March 1940
|Taoiseach||Éamon de Valera|
|Preceded by||James Geoghegan|
|Succeeded by||Kevin Haugh|
28 September 1934 – 1 June 1936
|Born||10 February 1866|
|Died||9 December 1947 (aged 81)|
|Political party||Fianna Fáil|
|Spouse(s)||Regina Casey (m. 1899; d. 1947)|
|Alma mater||King's Inns|
He was an unsuccessful Irish Parliamentary Party candidate in the East Clare by-election in 1917, losing to Éamon de Valera. He joined Sinn Féin within a year. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922.
He became a King's Inns bencher in 1925. In a Seanad Éireann by-election held on 28 September 1934, he was elected as a Fianna Fáil Senator, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Arthur Vincent, serving until the body's abolition in 1936.
He was Attorney General of Ireland from 1936 to 1937 and reappointed under the new Constitution, serving from 1937 to 1940. Maurice Healy in his memoir "The Old Munster Circuit" praised Lynch's outstanding integrity and strength of character and, while he was not normally an admirer of Éamon de Valera, praised him for an inspired choice of Lynch as Attorney General.
His youngest brother, James, on the other hand, was state solicitor for Clare under the Cumann na nGaedheal government.
- "Patrick Lynch". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
- Brendan Ó Cathaoir, "An Irishman's Diary", Irish Times, 9 July 2007
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