Joseph McGrath

(1888—1966) Irish republican and entrepreneur

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(1887–1966), politician and businessman. One of the less conservative members of the Cumann na nGaedheal government, McGrath was minister for labour 1922 and industry and commerce 1922–4. During the army mutiny he mediated between the discontented officers and the government, while himself resigning in protest at what he saw as the government's neglect of legitimate grievances. He and eight other Dáil deputies resigned from Cumann na nGaedheal to form a short-lived ‘national group’, all nine of whom resigned their seats in October 1924. The Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, which he launched in 1930, made him a rich man. He was subsequently a noted owner and breeder of race horses.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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