Dan Desmond


Born: Racine, Wisconsin, USA


(Daniel) "Dan" Desmond (3 October 1913 – 9 December 1964) was an Irish Labour Party politician and Teachta Dála (TD) for seventeen years. Desmond first stood for election to Dáil Éireann at the 1944 general election, in the Cork South-East constituency, where he was defeated, winning barely 5% of the first-preference votes. However, his second candidacy was successful: at the 1948 general election he was the first candidate to be elected in the new 3-seat Cork South constituency. He took his seat in the 13th Dáil, and was re-elected at the 1951 general election and again in the 1954 and 1957 general elections, topping the poll again in 1951 and 1954. After further boundary changes, he was returned at the 1961 general election for the new 4-seat Cork Mid constituency. He died on 9 December 1964, at the age of 51. The by-election for his seat in the 17th Dáil was won on 10 March 1965 by his widow Eileen Desmond, who sat in the Oireachtas for 22 years. His daughter, Paula Desmond, was first elected as a Cork County Councilor in 1985 for the Carrigaline area, and has been re-elected at each local authority election since.

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