Joe Sheridan

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Not to be confused with Joe Sheridan (Gaelic footballer).

Michael Joseph "Joe" Sheridan (27 November 1914 – 30 September 2000) was an Irish politician, originally with Fine Gael but for most of his career an independent.[1][2]

Sheridan came from Drumlish in County Longford, and had three brothers and two sisters.[3] He moved to Westmeath, first to Kilbeggan and then to Mullingar.[1] An auctioneer and farmer by profession,[2] he was elected to Westmeath county council,[1] and then to Seanad Éireann on the Agricultural Panel at a by-election on 14 May 1956.[2] He was re-elected at the 1957 Seanad election, this time on the Labour Panel.[2] He was elected to Dáil Éireann as an independent Teachta Dála (TD) for the Longford–Westmeath constituency at the 1961 general election.[2] In spite of his Fine Gael background, he supported the minority Fianna Fáil government.[1] He was re-elected at the 1965, 1969, 1973 and 1977 general elections. He concentrated on local constituency needs, with the electoral slogan "Vote for Joe, the Man you Know."[1][4] He retired at the 1981 general election.[5]

Sheridan had five sons and four daughters,[1] of whom Kathy Sheridan is a journalist with The Irish Times.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Death of Member and Former Members: Expressions of Sympathy, Vol. 164 No. 1". Oireachtas. 11 October 2000. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mr. Joseph Sheridan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Longford priest dies following crash". Longford Leader. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  4. ^ McGuire, Tom (2007). The Election book. O'Brien. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-84717-031-6. 
  5. ^ "Joseph Sheridan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Book gives a new voice to Longford women". Longford Leader. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2011.