Sean Redmond remembered

It was with great sadness that we learned that our colleague Sean Redmond passed away at the weekend. Sean retired from his role as national secretary of the Municipal Division of IMPACT in 2001. He had been general secretary of the Irish Municipal Employees Union until its merger with IMPACT in 1991.

IMPACT general secretary Shay Cody described Sean as a popular, committed and astute trade unionist. “His family was steeped in Dublin trade unionism and labour politics. Sean was always held in the highest regard by his colleagues in the Municipal area and among the wider IMPACT family” he said.

Sean had a deep interest in labour history and is the author of The Irish Municipal Employees Union 1883-1983. The foreword of Sean’s book was written by former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Donal Nevin, who also passed away last weekend.

Sean also documented the assistance given by the Dublin Fire Brigade to the city of Belfast following a series of high casualty German air raids. The Belfast Blitz, as it became known, took place in April and May of 1941.

Sean remained in regular contact with his IMPACT colleagues after his retirement. Shay added, “We are all very sad to hear of his passing, and would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”