The Info List - Margaret Buckley

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Margaret Buckley (née Goulding; Irish: Maighréad Uí Bhuachalla (née Ní Ghabhláin); 1879 – 24 July 1962) was an Irish republican and leader of Sinn Féin from 1937 to 1950.


1 Early life 2 Revolutionary 3 President of Sinn Féin 4 References 5 Sources

Early life[edit] Originally from Cork, she joined Inghinidhe na hÉireann, which was founded in 1900, taking an active role in the women's movement. She was involved in anti-British royal visit protests in 1903 and 1907 and was among the group that founded An Dún in Cork in 1910. In 1906, she married Patrick Buckley, described as "a typical rugby-playing British civil servant". After his death she moved into a house in Marguerite Road, Glasnevin, Dublin. Later, she returned to Cork to care for her elderly father. Revolutionary[edit] Arrested in the aftermath of Easter Rising she was released in the amnesty of June 1917 and played a prominent role in the reorganisation of Sinn Féin. She was involved in the War of Independence in Cork.[1] After the death of her father, she returned to Dublin. In 1920, she became a Dáil Court judge in the North city circuit, appointed by Austin Stack, the Minister for Home Affairs of the Irish Republic. She opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and was interned in Mountjoy and Kilmainham, where she went on a hunger strike.[1] She was released in October 1923.[1] During her imprisonment, she was elected Officer Commanding (OC) of the republican prisoners in Mountjoy, Quartermaster (QM) in the North Dublin Union and OC of B-Wing in Kilmainham. She was an active member of the Women Prisoners' Defence League, founded by Maud Gonne and Charlotte Despard in 1922. In 1929, she served as a member of Comhairle na Poblachta which unsuccessfully attempted to resolve the differences between Sinn Féin and the Irish Republican Army. Buckley was also an organiser for the Irish Women Workers' Union. President of Sinn Féin[edit] At the October 1934 Sinn Féin ardfheis, she was elected one of the party's vice-presidents. Three years later in 1937 she succeeded Cathal Ó Murchadha who was a former TD of the second Dáil Éireann as President of Sinn Féin,[1] at an ardfheis attended by only forty delegates. When she assumed the leadership of Sinn Féin, the party was not supported by the IRA, which had severed its links with the party in 1925. When she left the office in 1950, relations with the IRA had been resolved. As President she began the lawsuit Buckley v. Attorney-General, the Sinn Féin Funds case, in which the party sought unsuccessfully to be recognised as owners of money raised by Sinn Féin before 1922 and held in trust in the High Court since 1924. In 1938, her book about the experiences of Irish Republican women prisoners interned by the Irish Free State forces was published, called The Jangle of the Keys. In 1956, her Short History of Sinn Féin was published. She served as honorary vice-president of Sinn Féin from 1950 until her death in 1962. She was the only member of the ardchomairle of the party not to be arrested during a police raid in July 1957. She died on 24 July 1962 and is buried in St. Finbarr's Cemetery, Cork. References[edit]

^ a b c d Sinn Féin A Hundred Turbulent Years by Brian Feeney p178 ISBN 0-86278-770-X


"Margaret Buckley, president of Sinn Féin", Saoirse Irish Freedom, July 1998.

Party political offices

Preceded by Mary MacSwiney and John Madden Vice-President of Sinn Féin 1933–1935? Succeeded by ?

Preceded by Cathal Ó Murchadha Leader of Sinn Féin 1937–1950 Succeeded by Paddy McLogan

Preceded by Criostóir O'Neill Vice-President of Sinn Féin with Michael Traynor 1950–1952 Succeeded by Tomás Ó Dubhghaill and Michael Traynor

Preceded by Tomás Ó Dubhghaill and Michael Traynor Vice-President of Sinn Féin with Tomás Ó Dubhghaill 1954–1960 Succeeded by Tomás Ó Dubhghaill and Tony Magan

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John Sweetman (1905–07) Arthur Griffith (1905–08; 1917–22) Bulmer Hobson (1907–10) Jennie Wyse Power (1911–) Thomas Kelly (1911–) Fr. Michael O'Flanagan (1917–23) P. J. Ruttledge (1923–26) Mary MacSwiney John Madden John J. O'Kelly (1931-33) Margaret Buckley (1933–35; 1952–60) Liam Raul (1933-37) Tom Maguire (1935-37) Seamus Mitchell Padraig de Paor Criostóir O'Neill Michael Traynor (1950–54; 1962) Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1950–52; 1954–62) Tony Magan (1960–62) Rory O'Driscoll (1962–63) Larry Grogan (1962–69; 1970–71) Seán Caughey (1963–65) Joe Clarke (1966–72) Cathal Goulding (1969–70) Dáithí Ó Conaill (1971–78; 1978–83) Máire Drumm (1972–76) Joe Cahill (1976–78) Gerry Adams (1978–83) Phil Flynn (1983–85) John Joe McGirl (1985–88) Pat Doherty (1988–2009) Mary Lou McDonald (2009–2018) Michelle O'Neill (2018–present)

Seanad leaders

Pearse Doherty (2007–10) David Cullinane (2011–16) Rose Conway-Walsh (2016–)

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Gerry Adams (1998–2007) Martin McGuinness (2007–17) Michelle O'Neill (2017–)


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Joe Cahill Cathleen Knowles Tom Hartley (1984–86) Joe Reilly (1986–88) Lucilita Bhreatnach (1988–2003) Mitchel McLaughlin (2003–07) Rita O'Hare (2007–09) Dawn Doyle (2009–)

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Gerry Adams John Brady Pat Buckley Seán Crowe David Cullinane Pearse Doherty Dessie Ellis Martin Ferris Kathleen Funchion Martin Kenny Mary Lou McDonald Denise Mitchell Imelda Munster Carol Nolan Jonathan O'Brien Eoin Ó Broin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Louise O'Reilly Aengus Ó Snodaigh Maurice Quinlivan Brian Stanley Peadar Tóibín

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European Parliament

Martina Anderson Lynn Boylan Matt Carthy Liadh Ní Riada

Northern Ireland Assembly

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