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TOMáS MAC GIOLLA ( ; born THOMAS GILL; 25 January 1924 – 4 February 2010) was an Irish politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) and a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Workers\' Party of Ireland .

EARLY LIFE

He was born Thomas Gill in Nenagh
Nenagh
, County Tipperary
County Tipperary
. His uncle T. P. Gill was a Member of Parliament (MP) and member of the Irish Parliamentary Party of Charles Stewart Parnell
Charles Stewart Parnell
. Tomás's father Robert Paul Gill, an engineer and architect, also stood unsuccessfully for election on a number of occasions. His mother was Mary Hourigan.

Mac Giolla was educated at the local national school in Nenagh
Nenagh
before completing his secondary education at St. Flannan\'s College , Ennis
Ennis
, County Clare
County Clare
. It was while at St. Flannan's that he changed to using the Irish language version of his name. He won a scholarship to University College Dublin
Dublin
where he qualified with a Bachelor of Arts degree, followed by a degree in Commerce.

A qualified accountant, Mac Giolla was employed by the Irish Electricity Supply Board
Electricity Supply Board
from 1947 until he went into full-time politics in 1977.

In his early life Mac Giolla was an active republican . He joined Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) around 1950. He was interned by the Irish government
Irish government
during the 1956–62 IRA Border Campaign . He also served a number of prison sentences in Mountjoy Prison , Dublin.

POLITICAL CAREER

Seán Garland (right) with Tomás MacGiolla, May 2008

At the 1961 general election , Mac Giolla unsuccessfully contested the Tipperary North constituency for Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
.

In 1962 he became president of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and was one of the people who moved the party to the left during the 1960s. In 1969 Sinn Féin split and Mac Giolla remained leader of Official Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
. It was also in 1962 that Tomás married May McLoughlin who was also an active member of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
as well as Cumann na mBan
Cumann na mBan
, the women's section of the IRA.

In 1977 the party changed its name to Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
the Workers Party and in 1982 it became simply the Workers\' Party .

Mac Giolla was elected to Dublin
Dublin
City Council representing the Ballyfermot
Ballyfermot
local electoral area in 1979 and at every subsequent local election until he retired from the council in 1997. In the November 1982 general election Mac Giolla was elected to Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
for his party. In 1988 he retired as party leader and was succeeded by Proinsias De Rossa . He served as Lord Mayor of Dublin
Dublin
from 1993 to 1994 and remained a member of Dublin
Dublin
Corporation until 1998.

While president he was regarded as a mediator between the Marxist-Leninist
Marxist-Leninist
wing headed by Sean Garland and the social democratic wing of Prionsias De Rossa. At the 1992 special Ard Fheis he voted for the motion to abandon democratic centralism and to re-constitute the party much as the Italian Communist Party
Italian Communist Party
became the Democratic Party of the Left . However the motion failed to reach the required two-thirds majority and after the departure of six Workers' Party TDs led by De Rossa to form the new Democratic Left party in 1992, Mac Giolla was the sole member of the Workers' Party in the Dáil. He lost his Dáil seat at the general election later that year by a margin of just 59 votes to Liam Lawlor of Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
. In 1999 Mac Giolla wrote to the chairman of the Flood Tribunal calling for an investigation into revelations that former Dublin
Dublin
Assistant City and County Manager George Redmond had been the official supervisor at the election count in Dublin
Dublin
West and was a close associate of Liam Lawlor. In 2003 Redmond was convicted of corruption by a Dublin
Dublin
court but subsequently had his conviction quashed due to conflicting evidence.

In his eighties Mac Giolla continued to be active and was a member of the group which campaigned to prevent the demolition of No. 16 Moore Street in Dublin
Dublin
city centre, where the surrender after the Easter Rising was completed. He also served on the Dublin
Dublin
'98 committee to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion .

He died in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin
Dublin
on 4 February 2010 after a long illness.

REFERENCES

* ^ "Mr. Tomás Mac Giolla". Oireachtas
Oireachtas
Members Database. Retrieved 4 February 2010. * ^ "Gill, Robert Paul". Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720–1940, Irish Architectural Archive. Retrieved 24 March 2013. * ^ A B "Tomás Mac Giolla". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 February 2010. * ^ "Tomás MacGiolla dies aged 86". RTÉ News
RTÉ News
. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010. * ^ "Former WP leader Mac Giolla dies". The Irish Times
The Irish Times
. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010.

OIREACHTAS

Preceded by Brian Fleming ( Fine Gael
Fine Gael
) WORKERS\\' PARTY TEACHTA DáLA FOR DUBLIN WEST 1982–1992 Succeeded by Constituency redrawn

PARTY POLITICAL OFFICES

Preceded by Paddy McLogan LEADER OF SINN FéIN 1962–1970 Succeeded by Split in party Tomás Mac Giolla
Tomás Mac Giolla
(Official) Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
(Provisional)

Preceded by Split in party PRESIDENT OF THE (OFFICIAL) SINN FéIN/WORKERS\\' PARTY OF IRELAND 1970–1988 Succeeded by Proinsias De Rossa

CIVIC OFFICES

Preceded by Gay Mitchell LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN 1993–1994 Succeeded by John Gormley
John Gormley

* v * t * e

Official IRA and the Workers\' Party

GENERAL

* Anti-Treaty IRA * Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
* The Troubles (Timeline ) * Marxist-Leninism * Popular front
Popular front
* Two-stage theory
Two-stage theory
* Anti-sectarianism * Officials-Provisionals split * Free Derry
Free Derry
* United Irishman * The Irish People

ACTIONS

* 1969 Northern Ireland riots * Falls curfew * Aldershot bombing

PERSONALITIES

* Cathal Goulding * Seán Garland * Roy Johnston * C. Desmond Greaves * Joe McCann * Ronnie Bunting
Ronnie Bunting
* Thomas \'Ta\' Power * Des O\'Hagan * Malachy McGurran * Billy McMillen * Jim Sullivan * Kenneth Littlejohn * Seamus Costello * Eoin Ó Murchú * Tomás Mac Giolla * Francis Hughes * Paddy O\'Callaghan * Mickey Devine * Michael Gaughan * Henry McDonald * Johnnie White * Seán Ó Cionnaith
Seán Ó Cionnaith
* Mairín De Burca * Hugh Torney * Dominic Behan * Martin O\'Hagan * Eoghan Harris * Eamonn Melaugh * Proinsias De Rossa * Eric Byrne * Pat McCartan * Joe Sherlock * Liz McManus * Pat Rabbitte * Seamus Lynch * Michael Enright * Eamon Gilmore * Catherine Murphy * Marian Donnelly * Francie Donnelly * Tom French * Patrick Gallagher * John Halligan * Linda Kavanagh * Kathleen Lynch * Des Geraghty * Mick Finnegan * Ted Tynan * Michael Donnelly * John Lowry * Gerry Grainger

ASSOCIATES

* Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association * Connolly Association ( Communist Party of Great Britain
Communist Party of Great Britain
) * Peace Train Organisation * IMCWP * INITIATIVE * Clann na hÉireann

DERIVATIVES

* Irish National Liberation Army
Irish National Liberation Army
* Irish Republican Socialist Party
Irish Republican Socialist Party
* Democratic Left * Irish Socialist Network
Irish Socialist Network
* Official Republican Movement

PROMINENT KILLINGS

* Seamus Costello * John Barnhill * Gerard Weston

* v * t * e

Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin

HISTORY

* History of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin

* Abstentionism

* Armalite and ballot box strategy * Clann na hÉireann * Cumann na nGaedheal (1900) * Comhairle na dTeachtaí * Éire Nua * Election results * Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
* Fine Gael
Fine Gael
* Gaelic American * German Plot * Provisional IRA * Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Manifesto 1918 * Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
MPs * Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
(newspaper) * Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
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LEADERSHIP

PRESIDENTS

* Edward Martyn (1905–08) * John Sweetman (1908–11) * Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
(1911–17) * Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
(1917–26) * John J. O\'Kelly (Sceilg) (1926–31) * Brian O\'Higgins (1931–33) * Michael O\'Flanagan (1933–35) * Cathal Ó Murchadha (1935–37) * Margaret Buckley (1937–50) * Paddy McLogan (1950–52) * Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1952–54) * Paddy McLogan (1954–62) * Tomás Mac Giolla
Tomás Mac Giolla
(1962–70) * Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh
(1970–83) * Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1983–)

VICE PRESIDENTS

* John Sweetman (1905–07) * Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
(1905–08; 1917–22) * Bulmer Hobson (1907–10) * Jennie Wyse Power (1911–) * Thomas Kelly (1911–) * Fr. Michael O\'Flanagan (1917–23) * P. J. Ruttledge (1923–26) * Mary MacSwiney * John Madden * John J. O\'Kelly (1931-33) * Margaret Buckley (1933–35; 1952–60) * Liam Raul (1933-37) * Tom Maguire (1935-37) * Seamus Mitchell * Padraig de Paor * Criostóir O'Neill * Michael Traynor (1950–54; 1962) * Tomás Ó Dubhghaill (1950–52; 1954–62) * Tony Magan (1960–62) * Rory O'Driscoll (1962–63) * Larry Grogan (1962–69; 1970–71) * Seán Caughey (1963–65) * Joe Clarke (1966–72) * Cathal Goulding (1969–70) * Dáithí Ó Conaill (1971–78; 1978–83) * Máire Drumm (1972–76) * Joe Cahill (1976–78) * Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1978–83) * Phil Flynn (1983–85) * John Joe McGirl (1985–88) * Pat Doherty (1988–2009) * Mary Lou McDonald (2009–)

SEANAD LEADERS

* Pearse Doherty (2007–10) * David Cullinane (2011–16) * Rose Conway-Walsh (2016–)

NORTHERN IRELAND LEADERS

* Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
(1998–07) * Martin McGuinness (2007–17) * Michelle O\'Neill (2017–)

CHAIRPERSONS

* Seán MacManus (1984–90) * Tom Hartley (1990–96) * Mitchel McLaughlin
Mitchel McLaughlin
(1996–2005) * Mary Lou McDonald (2005–09) * Declan Kearney
Declan Kearney
(2009–)

GENERAL SECRETARIES

* Joe Cahill * Cathleen Knowles * Tom Hartley (1984–86) * Joe Reilly (1986–88) * Lucilita Bhreatnach (1988–2003) * Mitchel McLaughlin
Mitchel McLaughlin
(2003–07) * Rita O\'Hare (2007–09) * Dawn Doyle (2009–)

DIRECTORS OF PUBLICITY

* Seán Ó Brádaigh (1960–79) * Danny Morrison (1979–90) * Rita O\'Hare (1990–98) * Dawn Doyle (1998–2008) * Rosaleen Doherty (2008–)

PARTY STRUCTURES

* Leader of Sinn Féin * Ardfheis * Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Front Bench * Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
Republican Youth * An Phoblacht * Friends of Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

* Martin McGuinness (2011 )

ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

DáIL ÉIREANN

* Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
* John Brady * Pat Buckley * Seán Crowe * David Cullinane * Pearse Doherty * Dessie Ellis
Dessie Ellis
* Martin Ferris
Martin Ferris
* Kathleen Funchion * Martin Kenny
Martin Kenny
* Mary Lou McDonald * Denise Mitchell * Imelda Munster
Imelda Munster
* Carol Nolan
Carol Nolan
* Jonathan O\'Brien * Eoin Ó Broin * Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
* Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire * Louise O\'Reilly * Aengus Ó Snodaigh
Aengus Ó Snodaigh
* Maurice Quinlivan * Brian Stanley * Peadar Tóibín
Peadar Tóibín

SEANAD ÉIREANN

* Rose Conway-Walsh * Máire Devine
Máire Devine
* Paul Gavan * Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
* Trevor Ó Clochartaigh * Niall Ó Donnghaile
Niall Ó Donnghaile
* Fintan Warfield
Fintan Warfield

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

* Martina Anderson * Lynn Boylan * Matt Carthy * Liadh Ní Riada
Liadh Ní Riada

NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY

* Caoimhe Archibald
Caoimhe Archibald
* Cathal Boylan
Cathal Boylan
* Michaela Boyle * Linda Dillon
Linda Dillon
* Jemma Dolan
Jemma Dolan
* Sinéad Ennis
Ennis
* Megan Fearon * Órlaithí Flynn * Colm Gildernew * Declan Kearney
Declan Kearney
* Catherine Kelly * Gerry Kelly
Gerry Kelly
* Seán Lynch * Alex Maskey
Alex Maskey
* Declan McAleer
Declan McAleer
* Raymond McCartney * Fra McCann * Philip McGuigan
Philip McGuigan
* Ian Milne
Ian Milne
* Karen Mullan
Karen Mullan
* Conor Murphy * Carál Ní Chuilín
Carál Ní Chuilín
* John O\'Dowd * Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
* Michelle O\'Neill * Emma Rogan * Pat Sheehan

House of Commons (Abstentionist )

* Mickey Brady * Michelle Gildernew
Michelle Gildernew
* Chris Hazzard
Chris Hazzard
* Paul Maskey * Elisha McCallion * Barry McElduff
Barry McElduff
* Francie Molloy

LISTS

* List of current Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
elected representatives

ALLIANCES

* European United Left–Nordic G

.