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Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

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Daniel Anthony Murphy (born 10 November 1946) is a former Irish trade union leader.

Born in Cork, Murphy left school at the age of nineteen, and immediately found work as an Executive Officer in the Aviation Division of the Department of Power and Transport. He moved to the personnel division in 1968 but, before the end of the year, left to take up the post of General Secretary of the Association of Executive Officers of the Civil Service, a small trade union with around 1,500 members.

Murphy immediately affiliated the union to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). He renamed it as the "Civil Service Executive Union", and later as the "Public Service Executive Union", and persuaded a number of smaller unions to merge into it.

Murphy was elected as President of the ICTU in 1981/82. He championed the Social Partnership system; on his retirement in 2009, Fiona Lee said that "It is doubtful if we could have had Social Partnership for the past 20 years without Dan Murphy's vision and dedication". In 2010, he was appointed as chair of the civil service platform for implementing the Croke Park Agreement.

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