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Sean McEntee

(1889—1984) Irish nationalist and politician


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(1889–1984), born in Belfast. Sentenced to death for his part in the rising of 1916, but reprieved, McEntee was one of the few who opposed the Anglo-Irish treaty because of partition as opposed to on grounds of sovereignty. As minister for finance (1932–9, 1951–4), industry and commerce (1939–47), and health and social welfare (1957–65), he was a formidable spokesman for the conservative wing of Fianna Fáil, and as such Lemass's most consistent long-term rival within the cabinet.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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