John M. O'Sullivan

John Marcus O'Sullivan (18 February 1881 – 9 February 1948) was an Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Minister for Education from 1926 to 1932 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance from 1924 to 1926. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1923 to 1943.[1]

John M. O'Sullivan
Minister for Education
In office
28 January 1926  9 March 1932
PresidentW. T. Cosgrave
Preceded byEoin MacNeill
Succeeded byThomas Derrig
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance
In office
1 December 1924  27 January 1926
PresidentW. T. Cosgrave
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byEamonn Duggan
Teachta Dála
In office
July 1937  June 1943
ConstituencyKerry North
In office
August 1923  July 1937
Personal details
John Marcus O'Sullivan

(1881-02-18)18 February 1881
Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
Died9 February 1948(1948-02-09) (aged 66)
Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Alma mater

O'Sullivan was born in Killarney, County Kerry in 1881. He was educated at St. Brendan's, Killarney, Clongowes Wood College, County Kildare, and later at University College Dublin (UCD), University of Bonn and Heidelberg University, where he was awarded a PhD. He was appointed to the Chair of Modern History at UCD in 1910.[2]

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1923 as a Cumann na nGaedheal TD for the Kerry North constituency.[3] He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance from 1924 to 1926. He was appointed to the Cabinet in 1926, serving under W. T. Cosgrave as Minister for Education. In 1926, a report from the Second National Programme Conference was presented to him as the Minister for Education. He accepted all proposals stated in the report to be recommended as a national curriculum. His major ministerial achievement was the Vocational Education Act 1930.[2] He served on the Irish delegation to the League of Nations, in 1924 and from 1928 to 1930. He was re-elected at every election until 1943 when he lost his Dáil seat.[3] He subsequently retired from politics.

O'Sullivan died in 1948, five years after retiring from politics.


  1. "John Marcus O'Sullivan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  2. "John Marcus O'Sullivan". University College Dublin Archives. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  3. "John Marcus O'Sullivan". Retrieved 1 February 2012.
Political offices
New office Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance
Succeeded by
Eamonn Duggan
Preceded by
Eoin MacNeill
Minister for Education
Succeeded by
Thomas Derrig
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