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James A. Corr (born 25 January 1934) is an Irish former Fine Gael politician and retired secondary school teacher[1][2] and former principal[3] of South Presentation school.[4]

Corr was a member of Cork City Council from 1973 to 2014.[5] He was first co-opted to the council (then called Cork Corporation) in 1973,[2] and elected at the 1974 local elections.[2] He was Lord Mayor of Cork in 1979 and 1996.[2][3]

When the five-seat Cork South-Central constituency was created in 1980, Fine Gael's support was sufficient for two seats. Peter Barry was the party's senior Teachta Dála (TD);[6] Corr had a rivalry with Hugh Coveney for the second Fine Gael seat.[6][7] Coveney narrowly beat Corr at the 1981 general election,[6][8] but Corr won by a larger margin in February 1982.[1][6][8] Becoming disillusioned with Dáil politics,[9][10] Corr stood aside in November 1982,[1][6][10] with Coveney regaining the seat.[6] Corr was to stand as a third Fine Gael candidate at the 1987 general election, but stood aside to avoid splitting the Fine Gael vote,[10] though Coveney lost his seat in any event. Corr was unsuccessful at the 1989 and 1992 general elections.[8][5]

Corr was unhappy that John Cushnahan was selected ahead of him as Fine Gael candidate in Munster at the 1989 European Parliament election.[11][12] Corr stood unsuccessfully in Munster at the 1999 European Parliament election.[5]

Corr taught geography, and wrote a school textbook in 1972.[13] He spent six years working in Africa.[4] He was a trade union activist,[6] and considered on the left wing of Fine Gael in the early 1980s.[14] He was appointed to the Board of Bord Gáis in 1997.[3] He has been chairman of the advisory board of European Cities Against Drugs since 2002.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Mr. James Corr". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "FG Lord Mayor for Cork; FF takes Galway". The Irish Times. 19 June 1979. p. 5. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Annual report and accounts" (PDF). Bord Gáis. 1999. p. 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  4. ^ a b Grogan, Dick (20 May 1999). "Munster: The candidates". The Irish Times. p. 10. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  5. ^ a b c "Jim Corr". Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Leland, Mary (23 April 1983). "Hugh Coveney: the Lord Mayor of Cork". The Irish Times. p. 14. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  7. ^ O'Leary, Seán (20 March 1985). "Farewell the Mollies". The Irish Times. p. 19. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  8. ^ a b c "James Corr". Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Archon" (18 September 1982). "East Cork Echoes: F.G. Disillusion". Southern Star. p. 18.
  10. ^ a b c Hogan, Dick (27 January 1987). "Labour faces an uphill battle to retain seat". The Irish Times. p. 7. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  11. ^ Hogan, Dick (6 March 1989). "Fine Gael picks Cushnahan to run for Europe". The Irish Times. p. 1. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  12. ^ Hogan, Dick (7 March 1989). "Cushnahan selection criticised by Corr". The Irish Times. p. 16. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  13. ^ Corr, James A. (1972). Fundamental geography. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-0576-8.
  14. ^ O'Leary, Olivia (25 October 1982). "Garrett is not Policy". The Irish Times. p. 14. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  15. ^ "ECAD Biographies" (PDF). European Cities Against Drugs. p. 1. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Brian C. Sloane
Lord Mayor of Cork
Succeeded by
Toddy O'Sullivan
Preceded by
Joe O'Callaghan
Lord Mayor of Cork
Succeeded by
Dave McCarthy