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Richard Corish (17 September 1886 – 19 July 1945) was an Irish politician.[1]

Richard Corish
Teachta Dála
In office
In office
Personal details
Born17 September 1886
Wexford, Ireland
Died19 July 1945(1945-07-19) (aged 58)
Political partyLabour Party
Other political
Sinn Féin

Born in Wexford in 1886, Corish was educated by the Christian Brothers in the town. As a fitter in the Wexford Engineering foundry he was blacklisted by his employers after the 1911 Lockout, and became a trade union official in the new Irish Foundry Workers' Union.[2][3]

Richard Corish became Mayor of Wexford in 1920 as an Irish Labour Party representative.[4] However, as the Labour Party in the southern 26 counties, later the Irish Free State, chose not to contest the 1921 elections, Corish ran as a Sinn Féin candidate and was elected to Dáil Éireann for the Wexford constituency.[5] He ran as a member of the Labour Party at the 1922 general election.[5] He served in the Dáil and as Mayor of Wexford until his death in 1945.

His death caused a by-election to the Dáil which was won by his son, Brendan Corish, who was later a leader of the Labour Party and Tánaiste.[4]

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

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  1. ^ "Richard Corish". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
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  4. ^ a b O'Leary, Cornelius (1979). Irish elections 1918–1977: parties, voters and proportional representation. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-0898-8.
  5. ^ a b "Richard Corish". Retrieved 10 March 2012.