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Daniel O'Connell
Dónall Ó Conaill
Daniel O'Connell by Sir George Hayter.jpg
1834 portrait of Daniel O'Connell by George Hayter
Member of Parliament
for Clare
In office
5 July 1828 – 29 July 1830
Preceded by William Vesey-FitzGerald
Succeeded by William Macnamara
Member of Parliament
for Dublin City
In office
22 December 1832 – 16 May 1836
Preceded by Sir Frederick Shaw
Succeeded by George Hamilton
Member of Parliament
for Dublin City
In office
5 August 1837 – 10 July 1841
Preceded by George Hamilton
Succeeded by John West
Lord Mayor of Dublin
In office
1841–1842
Preceded by Sir John James, 1st Baronet
Succeeded by George Roe
Member of Parliament for Cork County
In office
1841–1847
Preceded by Garrett Standish Barry
Succeeded by Edmund Burke Roche
Personal details
Born (1775-08-06)6 August 1775
Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland
Died 15 May 1847(1847-05-15) (aged 71)
Genoa, Kingdom of Sardinia
Resting place Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Political party
  • Radicals
  • Repeal Association
Spouse(s) Mary O'Connell (m. 1802)
Children
  • Maurice
  • Ellen
  • Catherine
  • Timothy
  • Elizabeth
  • John
  • Morgan
  • Daniel
Alma mater Lincoln's Inn
King's Inns
Occupation Barrister, political activist
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  Kingdom of Ireland
Branch/service Yeomanry
Years of service 1797
Unit Lawyer's Artillery Corps

Daniel O'Connell (6 August 1775 – 15 May 1847), often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic emancipation—including the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years—and repeal of the Acts of Union which combined Great Britain and Ireland.

Throughout his career in Irish politics, O'Connell was able to gain a large following among the Irish masses in support of him and his Catholic Association. O'Connell's main strategy was one of political reformism, working within the parliamentary structures of the British state in Ireland and forming an alliance of convenience with the Whigs. More radical elements broke with O'Connell to found the Young Ireland movement.

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