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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.

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 Congress of Trade Unions. In 1935 he founded the Educational Building Society.

Electoral history

At the 1922 general election, he was elected as Teachta Dála (TD) for Galway, and he was re-elected at the 1923 general election. In 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. He lost his seat at the 1932 election, did not contest the 1933 general election, and in 1938 he was nominated by the Taoiseach to the 3rd Seanad.

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

External links


  • Thomas Johnson, 1872 – 1963, John Anthony Gaughan, Kingdom Books, Dublin, 1980, ISBN 0-9506015-3-5

This page incorporates information from the Oireachtas Members Database



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