Joe Sherlock

Joe Sherlock
Teachta Dála
In office
May 2002  May 2007
In office
February 1987  November 1992
In office
June 1981  November 1982
Constituency Cork East
In office
February 1993  July 1997
Constituency Labour Panel
Personal details
Born (1930-09-26)26 September 1930
Kildorrery, County Cork
Died 10 September 2007(2007-09-10) (aged 76)
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party
Other political
Sinn Féin,
Workers' Party,
Democratic Left

Joe Sherlock (26 September 1930[1] – 10 September 2007) was an Irish politician from County Cork. A member of Sinn Féin, then of the Workers' Party, later of Democratic Left and finally of the Labour Party, he was a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork East from 1981 to 1982, 1987 to 1992 and 2002 to 2007.[2]

Joe Sherlock was born in Kildorrery, County Cork and was educated at the local national school. He worked at the local sugar factory for 18 years and first held political office in 1967 when he was elected to Mallow Urban District Council as a Sinn Féin representative. During the split in Sinn Féin in 1970, Sherlock remained with the "Official" wing of the movement. In 1974 he was elected to Cork County Council. He served as Chairperson of Mallow UDC.[3] He held both seats until the ending of the dual mandate in 2003. Sherlock was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1981 general election as a Workers' Party TD. It was around this time that Magill magazine stated that Sherlock had been a member of the Irish Republican Army in the 1950s around the time of its Border Campaign. Sherlock never denied this allegation.

Sherlock was re-elected at the February 1982 general election, but lost his seat at the November 1982 general election. Despite the loss of his seat he continued to be active in local politics. He was re-elected to the Dáil again at the 1987 and 1989 general elections but lost his seat at the 1992 general election. Joining the new Democratic Left party, he was elected to Seanad Éireann in 1993 (as part of an election pact with the Progressive Democrats),[4] serving in the upper house until 1997. He failed to be elected to the Dáil again at the 1997 general election but eventually regained his seat after ten years at the 2002 general election.[5]

In July 2005 Sherlock announced that he would not be standing again in the next general election. His son Seán Sherlock, then a member of both Cork County Council and Mallow Town Council, was elected at the 2007 general election to succeed him.

He died on 10 September 2007 after a short illness.


  1. "Sherlock cut age by five years for election". Irish Examiner. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  2. "Mr. Joe Sherlock". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  3. "Sherlock for Cork North East", United Irishman, September 1979.
  4. Chapter 10 The Subterranean Election of the Seanad Michael Gallagher and Liam Weeks UCC
  5. "Joe Sherlock". Retrieved 26 July 2010.
New constituency Sinn Féin the Workers Party Teachta Dála for Cork East
Succeeded by
Ned O'Keeffe
(Fianna Fáil)
Preceded by
Myra Barry
(Fine Gael)
Workers' Party Teachta Dála for Cork East
Succeeded by
John Mulvihill
(Labour Party)
Preceded by
Paul Bradford
(Fine Gael)
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Cork East
Succeeded by
Seán Sherlock
(Labour Party)
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