Sean MacBride was the son of
Maude Gonne and Major John MacBride, he inherited his mothers political
awareness, and fought in the war of Independence opposing the treaty.
He was imprisoned by the Free State government 1923-4. He was an
IRA chief of staff from 1936-38, by 1939 he adopted the constitutional
path, in 1946 he founded Clann na Poblachta.
Appointed minister of home affairs
in the coalition government of 1948-51, he quickly rose to be accepted
internationally, he was a founder member of Amnesty International,
and co-author of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.