Thomas sexton 1848 1932 Irish journalist financial expert nationalist politician United Kingdom Great Britain Ireland

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Thomas Sexton (1848– 1932) was an Irish journalist, financial expert, nationalist politician and MP in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for Sligo (1880-6), West Belfast (1886-92) and North Kerry (1892-96). He was Lord Mayor of Dublin 1888-1889. He was first elected MP for County Sligo in the 1880 general election, for South Sligo in the 1885 general election, then for Belfast West in the 1886 election and for North Kerry in the 1892 election. He was regarded as one of the finest orators of the Irish Party, but handicapped by a querulous temperament. Following the Party split over Parnell’s leadership, he sided with John Dillon’s anti-Parnellite faction, then after 1893 retired from parliamentary politics, disgusted at the bitter factionalism following the failure of the second Home Rule bill. He was hostile to the Irish Land Acts(1903) on financial grounds, and regarded by William O’Brien as one of the principle players involved in his subsequent marginalisation’s from the Irish Party. Sexton continued to be a leading ally of Dillon as Chairman of the the board of the Freeman's Journal from 1893 to 1911, however his policy of cutting investments to maintain dividends lead to the demise of the paper through William Martin Murphy’s Irish Independent.