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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Businessmen's Party

The Business and Professional Group (also known as the Businessmen's Party) was a minor political party in the Irish Free State that existed between 1922 and 1923. It largely comprised ex-Unionist businessmen and professionals, fielding five candidates in Dublin and Cork at the 1922 general election, one of whom was elected.

At the 1923 general election, company directors John Good and William Hewat were elected in Dublin under the label of Businessmen's Party. The woollen mill owner Andrew O'Shaughnessy won under the label of Cork Progressive Association. Its support base was largely Protestant; its policies were pro-Treaty and pro-economic orthodoxy, including low taxes and the Treasury View.

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