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Thursday 21 September 2017

Former print union leader Curran dies

THE death has been announced of Owen A Curran, retired general secretary of the Irish Print Group (SIPTU).

Mr Curran began his full-time career in the trade union movement in 1975 when he was elected general secretary of the Irish Graphical Society.

Through his tenure as general secretary, he oversaw the amalgamation of the Irish Bookbinders and Allied Trade Unions, the Electrotypers and Stereotypers Society and the Irish Graphical Society coming together to form The Irish Print Union in 1984.

In 1998, he successfully negotiated the Irish Print Union Transfer of Undertakings with SIPTU to form the Irish Print Group (SIPTU). He also served on the executive committee of the ICTU and served as the Irish print representative on the International Graphical Federation and the European Graphical Federation.

Following his retirement he was elected to the Senior Citizens Parliament.

Mr Curran will be greatly missed by all the members in the printing industry and a very wide circle of comrades and friends.

He is survived by his wife Ita, daughter Margaret and sons Kevin, Paul and Eugene.

Irish Independent

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