He was a native of Nenagh, County Tipperary. He was first elected to the 3rd Dáil at the 1922 general election as a Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) for Tipperary Mid, North and South. He stood at the 1932 general election as an independent candidate, but joined Cumann na nGaedheal the following year.
In the First Inter-Party Government, he was appointed to the cabinet under John A. Costello in 1948 as Minister for Industry and Commerce. In 1954, he declined accepting a cabinet position in the Second Inter-Party Government due to his age.
In Professor Tom Garvin's review of the 1950s News from a New Republic, he comes in for praise as a moderniser and the instigator of the Industrial Development Authority. Garvin places him with a cross party group including Gerard Sweetman of Fine Gael and William Norton of the Labour Party as well as Seán Lemass of Fianna Fáil who were pushing a modernising agenda.
Morrissey was elected to Dáil Éireann at every election until the 1957 general election when he retired from politics.
|Minister for Industry and Commerce
Thomas F. O'Higgins
Seán Mac Eoin
|Minister for Justice
March 1951–Jun. 1951
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