Stephen Coughlan

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Stephen "Stevie" Coughlan (26 December 1910 – 20 December 1994) was an Irish Labour Party politician who served for sixteen years as Teachta Dála (TD) for the Limerick East constituency.[1]

Coughlan stood for election as a Clann na Poblachta candidate at the 1954 general election, when he won the second-highest number of first-preference votes, but failed to win enough transfers to secure any of the four seats. He stood again for Clann na Poblachta at the 1957 general election, but his vote had fallen significantly and he was again unsuccessful.

As Clann na Poblachta declined in support in the late 1950s, Coughlan joined the Labour Party and was elected as a Labour candidate at the 1961 general election, taking his seat in the 17th Dáil.[2] He was returned to Dáil Éireann at the next three elections, but lost his seat at the 1977 general election to a former Labour Party running mate, Michael Lipper, who stood as an independent.

Coughlan was described by the Irish political magazine Nusight as "personifying a parochialism and prejudice hitherto unknown at a national level".[3] He was known for holding numerous views that conflicted with the Labour Party and his relationship with the Labour Party was always poor,[3] particularly with Barry Desmond. He welcomed the controversial Springbok tour to Limerick in 1970, much to the chagrin of the Labour Party and the local Limerick City Labour chairman Jim Kemmy.

As well as his career in the Dáil, Coughlan was also a long-serving member of Limerick City Council and was the Mayor of Limerick in 1951–52 and 1969–1970.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Stephen Coughlan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Stephen Coughlan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Profile of Stevie Coughlan". Nusight. 1 May 1970. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Kevin Bradshaw
Mayor of Limerick
1951–1952
Succeeded by
Kevin Bradshaw
Preceded by
Jack Bourke
Mayor of Limerick
1969–1970
Succeeded by
Joseph P. Liddy