William J. Murphy (Labour politician)

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William J. Murphy (born 17 May 1928) is a former Irish Labour Party politician.

He was elected as a Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork West constituency at the 1949 by-election on 15 June.[1] Aged just 21 years and 29 days at the time, he is the youngest ever TD. He did not contest the 1951 general election.[2]

Along with former Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave, he is one of only two surviving members of the Oireachtas to have been elected in the 1940s.


  1. ^ "Mr. William J. Murphy". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "William J. Murphy". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 April 2009.