Thomas J. O'Connell
|Leader of the Labour Party|
11 August 1927 – 14 July 1932
|Preceded by||Thomas Johnson|
|Succeeded by||William Norton|
June 1927 – February 1932
June 1922 – June 1927
6 March 1938 – 30 April 1944
7 July 1948 – 22 May 1951
9 July 1954 – 28 April 1957
|Constituency||Cultural and Educational Panel|
Thomas Joseph O'Connell
21 November 1882
Knock, County Mayo, Ireland
|Died||22 June 1969 (aged 86)|
|Political party||Labour Party|
Thomas Joseph O'Connell (21 November 1882 – 22 June 1969) was an Irish Labour Party politician who served as Leader of the Labour Party from 1927 to 1932. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1922 to 1932. He was a Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel from 1938 to 1944, 1948 to 1951 and 1954 to 1957.
O'Connell was born near Knock, County Mayo. From 1902 to 1916 he worked first as a national teacher and then as a school principal. In 1926 he became general secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation.
He was a member of Dáil Éireann from 1922 to 1932, serving as leader of the Irish Labour Party in the Dáil from 1927 to 1932. From 1929 to 1930 he was president of the Irish Labour Party and the Irish Trade Union Congress. In 1935 he founded the Educational Building Society.
At the 1922 general election, he was elected as Teachta Dála (TD) for Galway, and he was re-elected at the 1923 general election. At the June 1927 election he stood instead in the new five-seat Mayo South constituency, where he topped the poll, and he was re-elected at the September 1927 election. He lost his seat at the 1932 election, did not contest the 1933 general election, and in 1941 he was elected to 3rd Seanad.
In 1943, he was elected to the 4th Seanad by the Cultural and Educational Panel, but did not contest the 1944 Seanad election. The Cultural and Educational Panel re-elected him in 1948 to the 6th Seanad and in 1954 to the 8th Seanad.
|Party political offices|
| Leader of the Labour Party
|Trade union offices|
| General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation
D. J. Kelleher
| President of the Irish Trades Union Congress