UL launches Kemmy biography

By David Barrett, Deputy Editor

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick was the site of the launching of a new biography of Irish Left-wing icon Jim Kemmy entitled ‘Jim Kemmy: Stonemason, Politician, Historian’ by Brian Callanan.

The launch was attended by Tainaiste Eamonn Gilmore, Minister of State and local TD Jan O’Sullivan, who launched her career in Kemmy’s short- lived Democratic Socialist Party, and Dr. Philip O’Regan, Acting Dean of UL’s Kemmy Business School, which is named after Kemmy.

The book explores Kemmy’s controversial career that included taking down Garret Fitzgerald’s first government and touched on issues such as Northern Ireland, family planning and industrial relations, in addition to being a senior figure in the politics of Limerick city. ‘‘He was a light that you simply had to follow.’’ said Minister O’Sullivan at the launch.