James Lysaght Finegan

James Lysaght Finegan or Finigan (died 8 September 1900) was an Irish barrister, soldier, merchant and politician.[1] He was educated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and described as an "Anti-clericalist", and with his family engaged in the tea trade, while supporting the Nationalist cause. In 1867 a nationalist called Michael Breslin was forced to leave Ireland, and only avoided arrest thanks to documents given to him by Finegan certifying him as a tea trader.[2]

Finegan later served in the French Foreign Legion during the Franco-Prussian War, leaving in 1871 at the conclusion of the war.[2] In the 1879 by-election in Ennis he was proposed as an alternative candidate to that of the Home Rule League by Charles Stewart Parnell; he won by only six votes,[3] out of 247 electors.[4] His service in parliament was brief; he resigned in 1882.


  1. T.M. Healy: The Rise and Fall of Parnell and the Establishment of the Irish Free State, Frank Callanan
  2. 1 2 The Life Story of an Old Rebel; John Denvir
  3. Parnell in Perspective
  4. Brian M. Walker, ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. p. 122. ISBN 0-901714-12-7.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Stacpoole
Member of Parliament for Ennis
Succeeded by
Matthew Joseph Kenny

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