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Dr Edward Mac Lysaght / An Dr Éamonn Mac Giolla Iasachta
Senator 1922-1925

Edward was appointed to the first Senate by the Free State Government in 1922, to promote the use of Irish among that body. This was the most difficult assignment of his life as only four members understood Irish and a great majority of the others were averse to an Irish Ireland. The chairman of the Senate was Lord Glenavy a close friend of Edward Carson’s and he spent much time mocking the attempts of the Irish to govern themselves. The Civil War was over, but the rancour it inflicted on the Irish mind would take many years to heal. Edward spoke on 43 bills in the Senate and took part in 30 debates on other subjects. He lost his seat in the Senate in 1925.

  Seanadóir 1922-1925

Bunaíodh an Seanad faoi Rialtas an tSaorstáit agus ceapadh Éamonn mar bhall chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun chinn ann. Níor éirigh leis an ról sin a chur i gcrich mar bhí formhór na Seanadóirí ag baint le lucht an tsaibhris agus an Ghalladachais agus ní raibh ach ceathrar as an seasca Seanadóír a raibh Gaeilge acu ná meas acu uirthi. Is ag cur meon na Sasanach chun chinn a bhí siad seachas aisling na saoirse. Ceapadh an Tiarna Glenavy mar Chathaoirleach ar an Seanad agus is ag magadh faoi Ghaeilge agus Éireannaigh a bhí sé ar feadh a ré ann. Bhí an Cogadh Cathartha díreach thart agus bhí cuid mhór daoine nimhneach chun a chéile gan trácht ar a bheith fonnmhar an Ghaeilge a chur chun chinn.

Chathaoirleach ar an Seanad agus is ag magadh faoi Ghaeilge agus Éireannaigh a bhí sé ar feadh a ré ann. Bhí an Cogadh Cathartha díreach thart agus bhí cuid mhór daoine nimhneach chun a chéile gan trácht ar a bheith fonnmhar an Ghaeilge a chur chun chinn.

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