Electrical Trades Union (Ireland)

The Electrical Trades Union was a trade union representing electrical technicians and engineers in Ireland.

Electrical Trades Union
PredecessorIrish Engineering Industrial Union
Merged intoTechnical Engineering and Electrical Union
Headquarters5 Cavendish Row, Dublin
  • Ireland
11,533 (1991)[1]

The union was founded in 1923 when the electrical section of the Irish Engineering Industrial Union split away. Initially, it was named the Electrical Trades Union (Dublin), but became the Electrical Trades Union (Ireland) in 1925. It joined the Irish Trades Union Congress, then joined the group of unions which formed the rival Congress of Irish Unions.[2]

The union was initially very small, with only 240 members in 1930, but grew to 1,000 in 1940. From the 1960s onwards, the union began accepting workers in a wide variety of jobs only loosely connecting with electrical matters, and this enabled it to expand its membership above 6,000 by 1970. In 1974, the British Electrical Trades Union became part of the Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications and Plumbing Union, and the Irish union took the opportunity to drop the disambiguator from its own name, officially becoming the "Electrical Trades Union" for this first time.[2]

In 2001, the union merged with the National Engineering and Electrical Trades Union to form the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union.[2]

General SecretariesEdit

1970s: T. Heery
1980s: Frank O'Reilly


  1. ^ The Europa World Yearbook. Taylor and Francis. 1991. p. 1433.
  2. ^ a b c John B. Smethurst and Peter Carter, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, vol.6, p.214