Michael Egan (Irish politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Michael Egan (February 1866 – March 1947) was an Irish trade unionist and politician.[1]

A coach-builder by trade, his public career started when he was comparatively young, and he became an advocate of the workers of Cork and a driving force in establishing and maintaining trade unionism in the city—often against strong opposition. For several years he was Chairman of the Cork Workers Council, and was Vice-President and then President of the Cork United Trades from 1904 to 1907, and again in 1913.

In 1908 he was elected to the Cork Corporation, and was active locally on the portfolios of Law, Finance, and Public Works.[2]

He was a member of the National Executive of the Irish Trade Union Congress and Labour Party,[3] and represented the labour movement on the Anti-Conscription Committee which sat in Dublin during World War I with fellow members Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith and John Dillon.

Following the resignation of his colleague Alfred O'Rahilly, Egan was elected at a by-election in 1924 to Dáil Éireann as a Cumann na nGaedheal Teachta Dála (TD).[4] He sat with the 4th Dáil until the general election of June 1927, when he was not re-elected.[5]

He continued his involvement however in Irish politics and was president of the Cork branch of Cumann na nGaedheal from 1928 to 1930. Active in public life in Cork into later years, he was a member of the Cork Harbour Board, and Cork Vocational Education Committee.[6]

Michael Egan married Annie Brennan in 1899, and had four children. He died in the North Infirmary Cork, in March 1947 aged 81.


  1. ^ "Mr. Michael Egan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Council County Borough of Cork (Directory of Urban Districts and Town Commissioners)" (PDF), Guy's Cork Almanac, County and City Directory: 135, 1921 
  3. ^ James Connolly. "Statement from the Irish Trade Union Congress and Labour Party on the Home Rule Bill (1914)". The Workers' Republic. 
  4. ^ "Michael Egan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286. 
  6. ^ "Government Departments, Cork" (PDF), Guy's Cork Almanac, County and City Directory: 30, 35, 1945 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Murphy
President of the Irish Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
James McCarron