Ted Russell (politician)

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For Newfoundland and Labrador writer, see Ted Russell.

(George Edward) Ted Russell (1 April 1912 – 28 November 2004) was an Irish politician and company director.[1]

Born into a prosperous Limerick merchant family, Russell was educated at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. Russell first stood for election as a Clann na Poblachta candidate at the 1948 general election but was not elected. He was also an unsuccessful candidate at the 1951 general election and the 1952 Limerick East by-election. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as an independent Teachta Dála (TD) for the Limerick East constituency at the 1957 general election.[2] He lost his seat at the 1961 general election.[3] He was elected to the 12th Seanad in 1969 on the Industrial and Commercial Panel and was re-elected to the 13th Seanad in 1973. He was defeated at the 1977 Seanad election. He unsuccessfully contested the 1965 general election as a Fine Gael candidate.[3]

He was a member of Limerick Corporation for 38 years from 1941 to 1979, and served as Mayor of Limerick on five occasions. He was made a Freeman of the city in 1995.[4] and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Limerick in 2002.[5]

Russell was active in the campaign for the establishment of a university in Limerick to serve the people of the mid-western counties of Ireland, which led to the establishment of the National Institute for Higher Education (later the University of Limerick) in 1972.[6]


  1. ^ "Seanad Éireann - Volume 178 - 2 December 2004 - Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy". Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Mr. George Russell". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "George Russell". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Eugene Hogan (5 December 2004). "Ted Russell". Irish Independent. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "JP McManus receives honorary doctorate". RTÉ News. 25 November 2002. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Pat Kearney (1990). "Towards a University for Limerick 1934 – 1972". Old Limerick Journal (27): 45–56. 

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