Patrick Lindsay (politician)

Patrick James Lindsay (18 January 1914 – 29 June 1993) was an Irish politician and lawyer.[1]

Patrick Lindsay
Minister for the Gaeltcaht
In office
24 October 1956  20 March 1957
TaoiseachJohn A. Costello
Preceded byRichard Mulcahy
Succeeded byJack Lynch
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers for Education and the Gaeltacht
In office
3 June 1954  24 October 1956
TaoiseachJohn A. Costello
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Patrick James Lindsay

(1914-01-18)18 January 1914
Parnell Square, Dublin, Ireland
Died29 June 1993(1993-06-29) (aged 79)
Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Moya Brady (m. 1952-1993, his death)
Alma materUniversity College, Galway
OccupationTeacher, solicitor

He was born in Dublin but before his second birthday, his family returned to their native County Mayo, settling in the village of Doolough, Kiltane Parish, Erris. He received his primary education at Gweesalia National School, and attended secondary school at St. Muiredach's College, Ballina. He subsequently attended University College Galway, where he studied ancient classics, between 1933 and 1937, graduating with an M.A. He was a noted figure in the college - a gifted orator, he served on the committee of the Literary and Debating Society, and took part in the productions of the Drama Society. He was also a leader of the Blueshirts movement while in college.

However, while Lindsay declared himself as being "an unrepentant" Blueshirt, in his autobiography he denied that himself or many of the membership saw themselves as actual Fascists. Rather that they viewed themselves as a pseudo-paramilitary wing of Cumann na nGaedhael that was a response to the IRA of the 1930s acting as a pseudo-paramilitary wing of Fianna Fail, and in fact, that they saw themselves as Democrats upholding free speech.

Lindsay subsequently became a teacher of classics at the Royal School, Cavan, and later at schools in Dublin. He studied law at the King's Inns, and was called to the Irish Bar in 1946. He married Moya Brady in 1952.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann on his sixth attempt, at the 1954 general election as a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD) for Mayo North.[4] He was re-elected at the 1957 general election, but lost his seat at the 1961 general election, after which he was elected to the 10th Seanad by the Industrial and Commercial Panel. He became Leas-Chathaoirleach (deputy chairman) of the Seanad.

Linday returned to the Dáil at the 1965 general election, but lost his seat at the 1969 general election, when he switched constituency to Dublin North-Central. He was again unsuccessful at the 1973 general election.

His ministerial career was brief, lasting only eight months. In July 1956, he was appointed by Taoiseach John A. Costello as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Gaeltacht and to the Minister for Education in the Second Inter-Party Government. In October 1956, he was promoted to the cabinet as Minister for the Gaeltacht, serving until March 1957, when Fianna Fáil returned to power after the 1957 general election. On his return to the Dáil in 1965, he was appointed Fine Gael spokesman on transport and power.

Lindsay had become a Senior Counsel in 1954, and following the loss of his parliamentary seat in 1969, he devoted himself full-time to his practice at the bar, becoming a leading figure in criminal law. In 1975, he was appointed to the position of Master of the High Court, from which he retired on his seventieth birthday in January 1984.

Lindsay served as chairman of Cumann Céimithe na Gaillimhe, the University College Galway Graduate Association, during the 1980s. He published his memoirs in 1992. He died on 29 June 1993.


  1. "Patrick Lindsay". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  2. Breathnach, Diarmuid; Ní Mhurchú, Máire. "LINDSAY, Patrick J. (1914–1993)". (in Irish). Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. Broderick, Eugene (2010). Intellectuals and the Ideological Hijacking of Fine Gael, 1932-1938. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 89. ISBN 1443818429.
  4. "Patrick Lindsay". Retrieved 1 September 2012.


  • Obituary, The Irish Times, 30 June 1993.
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Mulcahy
Minister for the Gaeltacht
Succeeded by
Jack Lynch
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