Michael McInerney (1906 - 1980):
Journalist and writer
Michael McInerney was born in Limerick and was educated at Limerick Vocational School. While working as a clerk on the railways in London he joined the Communist Party and was co-founder of the London Connolly Club. He contributed to the Daily Worker and was editor of the Irish Front from 1939 to 1941, when he became a clerk for the Great Northern Railway in Belfast. During this period he was an active trade unionist and editor of the Communist Party of Ireland newspaper, Unity. In 1946 he moved to Dublin as a reporter on the Irish Times and was appointed political correspondent in 1951. Among his many writings are biographies of Erskine Childers and Peadar O'Donnell. He was president of the Irish branch of the National Union of Journalists and was elected an honorary life member in 1974.