Imperial election, 1955 :
Constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone [.] Notice of poll [.] The returning officer of the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency hereby gives notice that the poll at this election will be taken on Thursday, 26th May, 1955 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and that the following are the names and descriptions of the candidates nominated and the names of the persons who subscribed the nomination paper of each candidate, viz. : Philip Christopher Clarke of H.M. Prison, Crumlin Road, Belfast, Clerk. Nomination paper subscribed by Reverend Thomas Maguire, Proposer, and by William Hughes, Seconder. Assentors: Philip McCarron, John Carron, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Tierney, James Hughes, Joseph Murphy, Joseph Carberry, Desmond P. Cox. Election Agent: Art McCaughey, Parochial Rooms, 2, Darling Street, Enniskillen. Robert George Grosvenor, Ely Lodge, Enniskillen, Farmer and Company Director. Nomination Paper subscribed by George Elliott, Proposer, and by John N. Carson, Seconder. Assentors: - John R. Noble, John J. McElroy, William G. Hoey, Albert Dane, James A. Orr, Wilfey Coalter, David J. Carson, Edwin Armstrong. Election Agent: George E. Warren, 16 East Bridge Street, Enniskillen. The Names of the candidates will be printed in the Ballot Paper in the following order, viz. : - 1, Clarke, Philip Christopher 2, Grosvenor, Robert George [.] Dated this 16th day of May, 1955. Sheriff's Office, Courthouse, Enniskillen. /
Signed, Henry A. Burke, Returning Officer.
Philip Christopher Clarke while in Crumlin Road Prison [serving ten years for a treason felony where he was part of an I.R.A. raid on a British Army barracks in Omagh, Co.Tyrone] was elected Sinn Féin M.P. for the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency, becoming the youngest M.P. at that time. His Unionist opponent Lieutenant Colonel Robert Grosvenor, (1910-1979), lodged a petition to have him unseated - the case was heard in the Northern Ireland High Court in August 1955 and on 2 September the Northern Ireland High Court ruled Clarke was ineligible for election and Grosvenor was declared duly elected. Upon his brother's death on 25 February 1967, Robert George Grosvenor became the 5th Duke of Westminster. Clarke was released from Crumlin Prison on 18 December 1958 after Lord Wakehurst, (1895-1970), [then the Governor of Northern Ireland] exercised his prerogative of mercy. At top of this sheet are printed the marks of two small ink stamps with 'Sinn Féin'.
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Enniskillen [Fermanagh] : Printed and published by Wm. [William] Trimble, Ltd., East Bridge Street, 16 May 1955.
This item is held in the Department of Ephemera.
Physical description: 1 sheet ; 57.2 x 44.4 cm..
The Piaras Beaslaí / Seoirse Dearle Collection, from whence purchased at auction by the NLI.
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