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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Refused to be Members of the First Dáil - Maurice Dockrell

Sir Maurice Edward Dockrell (21 December 1850 – 5 August 1929) was an Irish businessman and politician from Dublin.

At the 1918 general election, he was elected as Irish Unionist Alliance Member of Parliament for Dublin Rathmines from 1918 to 1922.

The 1918 election was a watershed in Ireland. Following the Easter Rising in 1916, Sinn Féin had grown in popularity, eclipsing the Irish Parliamentary Party. Sinn Féin candidates treated the election as an Irish general election, pledging not to take their seats in the British House of Commons, but to unilaterally establish a separate parliament in Dublin.

At the election, the Dublin University constituency returned two Unionists, and Dockrell was the only other Irish Unionist returned outside Ulster. Rather than joining Sinn Féin in the First Dáil, Dockrell took his seat in the British House of Commons.

His son Henry Morgan Dockrell was later a Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD), and Henry's sons Percy and Maurice were also long-serving Fine Gael TDs.

Maurice ran the Dockrell family business of builders' providers in Dublin.

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