Sydney Minch

Sydney Basil Minch (14 June 1893 – 25 March 1970) was an Irish politician, army officer and brewer.[1]

Sydney Minch
Teachta Dála
In office
July 1937  June 1938
In office
February 1932  July 1937
Personal details
Born(1893-06-14)14 June 1893
Athy, County Kildare, Ireland
Died25 March 1970(1970-03-25) (aged 76)
County Kildare, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Other political
Cumann na nGaedheal
SpouseCynthia Balfe
Military service
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Unit16th (Irish) Division
Battles/warsWorld War I

He was born 14 June 1893 in Rockfield, Athy, County Kildare, one of five sons of Matthew Minch, nationalist and anti-Parnellite MP for Kildare South, and Agnes Minch (née Hayden).[1]

He was educated at the Dominican convent, Wicklow; Belvedere College, Dublin and Clongowes Wood College. He fought with the 16th (Irish) Division at the Third Battle of Ypres during World War I, achieving the rank of captain.[2]

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Cumann na nGaedheal Teachta Dála (TD) for the Kildare constituency at the 1932 general election.[3] He was re-elected at the 1933 general election.[4] At the 1937 general election, he was elected as a Fine Gael TD for the Carlow–Kildare constituency. He lost his seat at the 1938 general election. A prominent figure in the Blueshirts, he was the first TD to wear a symbolic blue shirt in Dáil Éireann on 27 September 1933, but was opposed to the fascistic tendencies of the organisation.[1]

On leaving politics he became a director of the family malt firm, Minch, Norton & Co.[1]

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