Saturday, April 16, 2011
Members of the Fourth Dáil - Michael Egan
Michael Egan (February 1866 – March 1947) was an Irish trade unionist, city councillor, and Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork Borough. His public career started when he was comparatively young, and he became a champion of the workers of Cork and a driving force in establishing and maintaining trade unionism in the city—often against severe opposition. For several years he was Chairman of the Cork Workers Council, and was Vice-President and then President of the Cork United Trades from 1904 to 1907, and again in 1913. In 1908, he was elected to the Cork Corporation, and was active locally on the portfolios of Law, Finance, and Public Works. He represented the labour movement on the Anti-Conscription Committee which sat in Dublin during World War I with fellow members Eamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith and John Dillon. Following the resignation of his colleague Alfred O'Rahilly, Michael Egan was elected at a by-election in 1924 to the Dáil as a Cumann na nGaedhael candidate serving under W. T. Cosgrave. He sat with the 4th Dáil until the general election of June 1927, when he was not re-elected. He continued, however, to take a deep interest in politics and was president of the Cork branch of Cumann na nGaedhael from 1928 to 1930. Active in public life in Cork into later years, he was a member of the Cork Harbour Board, and Cork Vocational Education Committee. Michael Egan married Annie Brennan in 1899, and had four children. He died in the North Infirmary Cork, in March 1947 aged 81.