Des Geraghty

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Desmond "Des" Geraghty (born 27 October 1943) is a former Irish politician and trade union leader. He was president of SIPTU from 1999 to 2004. He stood unsuccessfully at the 1984 European Parliament election for the Dublin constituency as a Workers' Party candidate. He briefly served as General Secretary of the Workers' Party from 1991-1992, succeeding Seán Garland and played a prominent role in events leading up to the split in that party.[1] In 1992 Geraghty joined the newly founded Democratic Left party. He was appointed to the European Parliament in 1992 for the Dublin constituency following the resignation of Proinsias De Rossa.[2] He was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy in the European Parliament. He did not contest the 1994 European Parliament election. He stood unsuccessfully as a Labour Party candidate in the 2002 Seanad election for the Labour Panel.

Geraghty is a current member of the board of the Central Bank of Ireland[3] and a former member of the RTÉ Authority. He has published several books including one about folk singer Luke Kelly. He is also a member of the board of Poetry Ireland.


  • 40 Shades of Green, Des Geraghty, Real Ireland Design, 2007
  • Luke Kelly: a Memoir, Des Geraghty, Basement Press, 1994, ISBN 1-85594-090-6


  1. ^ The Lost Revolution, the story of the Official IRA and the Workers Party, Brian Hanley & Scott Millar, Penguin, 2009, page 567
  2. ^ "Des Geraghty". Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
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Political offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Somers
General President of SIPTU
Succeeded by
Jack O'Connor