Thomas F. O'Higgins

For his son, see Tom O'Higgins.

Thomas F. O'Higgins (1890 – 1 November 1953) was an Irish politician and medical practitioner.[1] He grew up in Stradbally, County Laois, one of sixteen children of Dr. Thomas Higgins and Anne Sullivan. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Cumann na nGaedheal Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin North at the 14 March 1929 by-election. At the 1932 general election he was elected for the Leix–Offaly constituency.[2] From the 1948 general election, he represented Cork Borough.[2]

He was the founder of the Army Comrades Association, commonly referred to as the Blueshirts. He became parliamentary leader of Fine Gael in 1944, while the former leader, Richard Mulcahy, was attempting to get elected to Seanad Éireann and retain his position.

In 1948 he joined the Cabinet of John A. Costello as Minister for Defence. He served as Minister for Industry and Commerce from March to June 1951. His sons Tom O'Higgins and Michael O'Higgins were also members of the Dáil, the former serving in government (and twice a candidate for President of Ireland) and as Chief Justice of Ireland from 1974-85. He was a brother of Kevin O'Higgins, the government minister assassinated in 1927.

O'Higgins died while still in office in 1953.

See also


  1. "Mr. Thomas Francis O'Higgins". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Dr Tom O'Higgins". Retrieved 2 May 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by
W. T. Cosgrave
Leader of the Opposition
January–June 1944
Succeeded by
Richard Mulcahy
Preceded by
Oscar Traynor
Minister for Defence
Succeeded by
Seán Mac Eoin
Preceded by
Daniel Morrissey
Minister for Industry and Commerce
March–June 1951
Succeeded by
Seán Lemass
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