Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas Foran: Union President, Irish Senator

Thomas Foran was a trade union official and union president who was ran as an independent and was elected to the Free State Seanad Éireann (Senate of the Irish Parliament ) in a by-election on 28 November 1923. The by-election was held in order to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thomas MacPartlin on 20 October 1923. Although the records of the Oireachtas indicate Foran was re-elected in 1925 and served until the Free State Seanad Éireann was abolished on 29 May 1936, his grave marker indicates he served until 1948. President Eamonn DeValera established a new Seanad Éireann with the Constitution of 1937; Foran would have served in the new Seanad. Thomas Foran died 18 March 1951 and is buried in this grave on the outer rim of O'Connell's Circle at Glasnevin Cemetery.

Reference: Houses of the Oireachtas (National Parliament of Ireland) website

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Photograph ©Copyright J. Geraghty-Gorman 2011.
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