George O'Brien (Irish politician)

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George Augustine Thomas O'Brien (1892 – 31 December 1973) was an Irish politician, economist and academic. He was first elected to Seanad Éireann as an independent member in 1948 by the National University of Ireland constituency.[1] He was re-elected in 1951, 1954, 1957 and 1961. He lost his seat at the 1965 election.[1]

He was Professor of National Economics and later Political Economy at University College Dublin from 1921 to 1961.[2] He was president of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland between 1942 and 1946.


  • The Economic History of Ireland in the Eighteenth Century (3 Vols.) (1918–1921)
  • Essay on Medieval Economic Teaching, Longmans (1920)
  • Labour Organisation (1921)
  • An Essay on the Economic Effects of the Reformation (1923)
  • Agricultural Economics (1929)
  • The Four Green Fields, Talbot (1936)
  • The Phantom of Plenty (1948)


  1. ^ a b "Mr. George O'Brien". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Meenan, J. (1998) O'Brien, George: In The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

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