Patrick Lynch (Irish attorney general)

Patrick Lynch
6th Attorney General of Ireland
In office
22 December 1936 – 1 March 1940
Taoiseach Éamon de Valera
Preceded by James Geoghegan
Succeeded by Kevin Haugh
In office
28 September 1934 – 1 June 1936
Constituency Labour Panel
Personal details
Born (1866-02-10)10 February 1866
Limerick, Ireland
Died 9 December 1947(1947-12-09) (aged 81)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fianna Fáil
Spouse(s) Regina Casey (m. 1899; d. 1947)
Children 2
Alma mater King's Inns

Patrick Lynch (10 February 1866 – 9 December 1947) was an Irish barrister who served as Attorney General of Ireland from 1936 to 1941. He was also a Senator for the Labour Panel from 1934 to 1936.[1]

A member of the Irish Parliamentary Party, he took the Parnellite side when that party split.

He was an unsuccessful Irish Parliamentary Party candidate in the East Clare by-election in 1917, losing to Éamon de Valera. He joined Sinn Féin within a year. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922.

He became a King's Inns bencher in 1925. In a Seanad Éireann by-election held on 28 September 1934, he was elected as a Fianna Fáil Senator, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Arthur Vincent, serving until the body's abolition in 1936.

He was Attorney General of Ireland from 1936 to 1937 and reappointed under the new Constitution, serving from 1937 to 1940. Maurice Healy in his memoir "The Old Munster Circuit" praised Lynch's outstanding integrity and strength of character and, while he was not normally an admirer of Éamon de Valera, praised him for an inspired choice of Lynch as Attorney General.

His youngest brother, James, on the other hand, was state solicitor for Clare under the Cumann na nGaedheal government.


  1. ^ "Patrick Lynch". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 3 October 2019.

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Preceded by
James Geoghegan
Attorney General of Ireland
Succeeded by
Kevin Haugh

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