Healy, T.M.


Healy, T.M.

▪ Irish leader and politician
in full  Timothy Michael Healy,  byname  Tim Healy 
born May 17, 1855, Bantry, County Cork, Ire.
died March 26, 1931, Dublin
 leader in the campaigns for Irish Home Rule and for agrarian reform, and the first governor-general of the Irish Free State.

      Working in England first as a railway clerk and then from 1878 in London as parliamentary correspondent of the Nation, Healy took part in Irish politics and was associated with Charles Stewart Parnell, the chief Irish nationalist. After being arrested for intimidation in connection with the Land League, he was promptly returned as member of Parliament for Wexford (1880).

      In Parliament, Healy became an authority on the Irish land question, and the “Healy Clause” of the Land Act of 1881, which protected tenant farmers' agrarian improvements from rent increases imposed by landlords, not only made him popular throughout southern Ireland but also won him seats in Protestant Ulster. He broke with Parnell in 1886 and generally remained at odds with subsequent leaders of the Irish Nationalist Party, though he was a strong supporter of proposals for Irish Home Rule. Meanwhile, he had been called to the Irish bar in 1884 and became a king's counsel in 1910.

      Dissatisfied with both the Liberals and the Irish Nationalists after the Easter Rising in 1916, Healy supported the Sinn Féin Party after 1917. Because he was regarded as an elder statesman by the British and Irish ministries, he was proposed by both sides in 1922 as governor-general of the new Irish Free State, a post that he held until his resignation and retirement in 1928.

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