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Joseph Aloysius Sweeney (c. 1897 – 25 November 1980) was an Irish politician.

As the Sinn Féin candidate, he was elected to the British House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for West Donegal in the 1918 general election, defeating the sitting nationalist Hugh Law. He did not attend (aged 21, he would have been the youngest MP), and instead participated in the First Dáil.

In 1921 he was one of six Sinn Féin candidates elected unopposed to the House of Commons of Southern Ireland for Donegal. Again he did not attend and instead participated in the Second Dáil. In 1922 he was re-elected as a Pro-Treaty Sinn Féin candidate and participated in the Third Dáil.

He was born in Burtonport, a town in The Rosses, a district in the north-west of County Donegal. He died in 1980 aged 83.


  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hugh Alexander Law
Member of Parliament for West Donegal
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Edward Stanley
Baby of the House
Succeeded by
Esmond Harmsworth


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