P. J. Ruttledge
After school he studied law and was after graduation worked as a Solicitor.
His political career began as the candidate of Sinn Féin in 1921 with the election of deputies ( Teachta Dala ) of the lower house ( Dáil Éireann ), where he served as a representative of the constituency of Mayo North and West to 1923. He was most recently within the cleaved due to the Anglo -Irish Treaty Sinn Féin to the opponents of this Agreement ( anti - Treaty ) and therefore not took his seat in parliament. His seat he took not one after he was elected to the legislature from 1923 to 1926 as a Republican in the Dáil.
On March 23, 1926, he was among the founders of Fianna Fáil and was again elected to the House of Deputies for this and represented in this after taking his seat September 12, 1927 after nine re- elections until his death in the constituency of North Mayo.
On March 9, 1932, he was as minister of lands and fisheries, member of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State and took over after a cabinet reshuffle on 8 February 1933, the Office of the Minister of Justice. This he has also served in the first government of Prime Minister ( Taoiseach ) Éamon de Valera to 8 September 1939.
As part of a reshuffle him de Valera then appointed on 8 September 1939, Minister of Local Government and Public Health. From this minister Ruttledge resigned on 14 August 1941.