Frank Aiken

(1898—1983) Irish revolutionary and politician

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(1898–1983). An IRA commander during the Anglo-Irish War, Aiken was one of the more politically minded opponents of the Anglo-Irish treaty. After succeeding Liam Lynch as IRA chief of staff (Apr. 1923) he took immediate steps to end the Civil War. A founder member of Fianna Fáil, he became minister of defence (1932–9) and then minister for co-ordination of defensive measures (1939–45), giving him a key position in the management of wartime neutrality.


From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.