Thomas J. O'Connell

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Thomas J. O'Connell
Teachta Dála
In office
1922–1927
Constituency Galway
In office
1927–1932
Constituency Mayo South
Senator
In office
1938–1944
In office
1948–1951
In office
1954–1957
Constituency Cultural and Educational Panel
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
1927–1932
Preceded by Thomas Johnson
Succeeded by William Norton
Personal details
Born (1882-11-21)21 November 1882
Knock, County Mayo
Died 22 June 1969(1969-06-22) (aged 86)
Nationality Irish
Occupation Trade unionist

Thomas J. O'Connell (21 November 1882 – 22 June 1969) was an Irish trade unionist and politician, and was leader of the Irish Labour Party from 1927 to 1932.[1]

O'Connell was born near Knock, County Mayo. From 1902 to 1916 he worked first as a national teacher and then as a school principal. In 1926 he became general secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation.

He was a member of Dáil Éireann from 1922 to 1932, serving as leader of the Irish Labour Party in the Dáil from 1927 to 1932. From 1929 to 1930 he was president of the Irish Labour Party and the Irish Trade Union Congress. In 1935 he founded the Educational Building Society.

Electoral history[edit]

At the 1922 general election, he was elected as Teachta Dála (TD) for Galway, and he was re-elected at the 1923 general election. At the June 1927 election he stood instead in the new five-seat Mayo South constituency, where he topped the poll, and he was re-elected at the September 1927 election.[2] He lost his seat at the 1932 election, did not contest the 1933 general election, and in 1941 he was elected to 3rd Seanad.

In 1943, he was elected to the 4th Seanad by the Cultural and Educational Panel, but did not contest the 1944 Seanad election. The Cultural and Educational Panel re-elected him in 1948 to the 6th Seanad and in 1954 to the 8th Seanad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Thomas J. O'Connell". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Thomas J. O'Connell". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 

Sources[edit]

  • Thomas Johnson, 1872–1963, John Anthony Gaughan, Kingdom Books, Dublin, 1980, ISBN 0-9506015-3-5
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Johnson
Leader of the Labour Party
1927–1932
Succeeded by
William Norton
Political offices
Preceded by
Eamonn Mansfield
General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation
1916–1948
Succeeded by
D. J. Kelleher
Preceded by
Luke Duffy
President of the Irish Trade Union Congress
1930
Succeeded by
Denis Cullen