Recent Acquisitions

Flyer, Election, Dr. M. Bhamjee

Ref: 2007.29

Flyer, Election, Dr. M. Bhamjee, Ref: 2007.29

On Wednesday, 25 November 1992 Dr. Moosajee Bhamjee was elected Ireland’s first Muslim TD. Elected as a Labour candidate in the Clare constituency Dr. Bhamjee maintained a tradition of dramatic election victories for non-Clare-born candidates in the county. In 1828 Kerry born barrister Daniel O’Connell was elected as a member of Parliament for the county, and when he took his place in parliament he became the first Catholic MP to do so in over 100 years. In 1917 the Sinn Fein candidate for Clare was Limerick born Eamonn de Valera, who at the time was imprisoned in England for his part in the 1916 Rising. De Valera later went on to form the Fianna Fail party and was to dominate Irish politics first as Taoiseach and then as President for many years.

Born in South Africa Dr. Bhamjee emigrated to Ireland in the 1960s where he studied medicine before marrying a Clare girl and settling into life in the county where he worked as a psychiatrist in Our Lady’s Hospital Ennis. He joined the Labour Party in 1991 and beame their candidate in 1992. The Labour Party and Fianna Fail formed a coalition that year and Bhamjee sat on the backbenches of the 27th Dail. A hardworking and vociferous politician Bhamjee declined to run in the 1997 general election and retired from politics to continue his career in the health service.

 

Dr. Moosajee Bhamjee