Robert Lahiffe

Robert Lahiffe (9 March 1909 – 8 March 1975) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and farmer. He served in the Oireachtas for 7 years as a Teachta Dála (TD), and then as a Senator for 8 years.[1]

Lahiffe was born in the townland of Cloone, Gort, County Galway, the son of James N. Lahiff and Maria Quinn.[2]

Lahiffe was elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1948 general election as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Galway South constituency. He was defeated at the 1951 general election by Fine Gael's Patrick Cawley, but two years later was re-elected at a by-election in August 1953 following the death of Frank Fahy, a Fianna Fáil TD who as Ceann Comhairle had been returned unopposed in 1951. Lahiffe held the seat at the general election in 1954,[3] but was ousted again at the 1957 general election. Fianna Fáil had run three candidates in three-seat constituency, and Lahiffe was beaten by his first-time running-mate Michael Carty.[4]

He was then elected to the 9th Seanad by the Agricultural Panel, which re-elected him in 1961. However, he was defeated at the 1965 election to the 11th Seanad.


  1. "Robert Lahiffe". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  2. "General Registrar's Office" (PDF). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. "Robert Lahiffe". Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  4. "General election: 5 March 1957 – Galway South". Retrieved 8 January 2008.

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