PROFILE: Limerick’s All Time Great - Jim Kemmy

PROFILE: Limerick’s All Time Great - Jim Kemmy

LIMERICK has always been the home of high-profile politicians - but there are few to rival Jim Kemmy.

A Limerick East TD, mayor, respected campaigner and trade unionist, he was a socialist at the time when it was neither popular nor indeed safe.

During his political career - which was cut short by cancer in 1997 - his views and support for minority causes attracted the ire of many, including the Bishop of Limerick Jeremiah Newman.

A Garryowen man, he was a passionate fighter for the disadvantaged.

Indeed, in 1982, he brought down the government over the imposition of a tax on children's shoes and the impact it would have on hard-pressed parents.

He was also an academic, starting the Old Limerick Journal in 1989 with Kevin Hannan, Tony Browne and Tom Donovan.