Jimmy Somers

Jimmy Somers (born November 1939) is an Irish trade unionist.

Born in Cabra, Dublin, Somers became active in the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union (ITGWU), soon being elected as a branch secretary,[1] and leading the party delegation to Dublin Trades Council.

Somers also became active in the Labour Party, in which he was a leading supporter of Michael O'Leary.[1] He stood for the party in Dublin North-West at the Irish general election, 1973, then in Dublin Central at the Irish general election, 1981 and the Irish general election, November 1982, but was not elected on any occasion. He finally stood at the Dublin Central by-election, 1983,[2] at which he took Labour's worst ever result in the constituency.[1]

In 1990, the ITGWU became part of the new SIPTU (Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union), and in 1994 Somers became the union's Vice President, in which position he played a key role in negotiating partnership agreements with the government. In 1997, he was narrowly elected as President of SIPTU, retiring two years later to serve on the Labour Court and Labour Relations Commission.[3]

Somers also served as Treasurer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions from 1999 to 2001.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 Mary Raftery, "Labour's Legacy", 1 December 1983
  2. "James Somers", Elections Ireland
  3. Roisin Burke, "Jimmy Somers", Irish Independent, 29 November 2009
  4. "ICTU Constitution and Standing Orders", p.37
Political offices
New office Vice President of SIPTU
Succeeded by
Des Geraghty
Preceded by
Edmund Browne
General President of SIPTU
Succeeded by
Des Geraghty
Preceded by
Bill Attley
Treasurer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Succeeded by
John McDonnell
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