Blaney was first elected to the 5th Dáil Éireann for the Donegal constituency at the June 1927 general election. He retained his seat at subsequent general elections until it was abolished in boundary changes for the 1937 general election when he was returned for the new Donegal East constituency. He lost his seat at the 1938 election, and was elected to the 3rd Seanad on the Agricultural Panel, serving until 1943.
He returned to 11th Dáil at the 1943 election, and was re-elected at the 1944 election. He died on 30 October 1948, shortly after being returned to the 13th Dáil at the 1948 election, and in the resulting by-election on 7 December 1948, his son Neil Blaney was elected as the new TD for Donegal East.
A man who stuck to his republican principles to the end Deaglan de Breadun, Political Reporter, traces the career of the late Neil Blaney, first as Fianna Fail kingpin and later as republican standard bearer outside the party
Nov 09, 1995; A PAGE of Irish history turns with the death of Neil Blaney. First elected to the Dail in 1948 and returned at every Leinster...