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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Members of the Second Dáil - Richard Corish

Signatories of the Anglo-Irish Treaty
Richard Corish being one of them
Richard Corish (1889 - 19 July 1945) was an Irish politician.

Born in Wexford in 1889, Corish was educated by the Christian Brothers in the town. Following his education he became a trade union official.

Richard Corish became Mayor of Wexford in 1920 as an Irish Labour Party representative. However, as the Labour Party in the southern 26 counties, later the Irish Free State, chose not to contest the elections in 1921, Corish ran as a Sinn Féin candidate and was elected to Dáil Éireann. (In theory, he was elected to the House of Commons of Southern Ireland, established by the Government of Ireland Act, 1920. However, all elected Sinn Féin candidates sat in the Second Dáil after the elections.) He ran as a member of the Labour Party in the 1922 election and subsequently. He served in the Dáil and as Mayor of Wexford until his death in 1945.

The death of Richard Corish occasioned a by-election for the Dáil which was won by his son, Brendan Corish. Brendan was later a leader of the Labour Party and a Tánaiste (equivalent to deputy prime minister).

Corish was a member of the Irish National Foresters, and was its High Chief Ranger in 1942.

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