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Erskine Childers, minister for Posts and Telegraphs with fiance, Miss Rita Dudley.22/08/1952..Erskine Hamilton Childers (11/12/1905 - 17/11/1974) served as the fourth President of Ireland from 1973 until his death in 1974. He was a TD from 1938 until 1973. Childers served as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (1951-1954, 1959-1961, and 1966-1969), Minister for Lands (1957-1959), Minister for Transport and Power (1959-1969), and Minister for Health (1969-1973). He was appointed Tánaiste in 1969..His father Robert Erskine Childers, a leading Irish Republican and author of the espionage thriller The Riddle of the Sands, was executed during the Irish Civil War...Childers married Ruth Ellen Dow in 1925. They had five children, Ruth Ellen Childers, born in July 1927, Erskine, born in March 1929, followed by Roderick Winthrop Childers in June 1931, and in November 1937 twin daughters, Carainn and Margaret Osgood Childers. ..After the death of Dow in 1950, Childers married again, in 1952, to Rita Dudley. Together they had a daughter, Nessa, who is currently a Labour Party MEP. Rita Dudley died on 9 May 2010...Apparently the couple's mixed marriage (Erskine Hamilton Childers was an Anglican, she a Roman Catholic) caused some controversy; the then Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid tried to discourage them from marrying. They eventually opted to marry in Paris.

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Erskine Childers, minister for Posts and Telegraphs with fiance, Miss Rita Dudley.22/08/1952..Erskine Hamilton Childers (11/12/1905 - 17/11/1974) served as the fourth President of Ireland from 1973 until his death in 1974. He was a TD from 1938 until 1973. Childers served as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (1951-1954, 1959-1961, and 1966-1969), Minister for Lands (1957-1959), Minister for Transport and Power (1959-1969), and Minister for Health (1969-1973). He was appointed Tánaiste in 1969..His father Robert Erskine Childers, a leading Irish Republican and author of the espionage thriller The Riddle of the Sands, was executed during the Irish Civil War...Childers married Ruth Ellen Dow in 1925. They had five children, Ruth Ellen Childers, born in July 1927, Erskine, born in March 1929, followed by Roderick Winthrop Childers in June 1931, and in November 1937 twin daughters, Carainn and Margaret Osgood Childers. ..After the death of Dow in 1950, Childers married again, in 1952, to Rita Dudley. Together they had a daughter, Nessa, who is currently a Labour Party MEP. Rita Dudley died on 9 May 2010...Apparently the couple's mixed marriage (Erskine Hamilton Childers was an Anglican, she a Roman Catholic) caused some controversy; the then Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid tried to discourage them from marrying. They eventually opted to marry in Paris.