Lynch sat his Leaving Certificate in 1936 after which he moved to Dublin and worked with the Dublin District Milk Board before returning to Cork to take up a position in the Circuit Court Office. "
Lynch had some success while out of power. His aunt who herself had a family of six stepped in to look after the family in this time of great upheaval for them.
Historian and journalist T. He was the third leader of Fianna Fáil from 1966 until 1979 succeeding the hugely influential Seán Lemass. Lynch was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork in 1948 and was re-elected at each general election until his retirement in 1981.