Leader of the Labour Party (Ireland)

The Leader of the Labour Party is the most senior politician within the Labour Party in Ireland. Since 20 May 2016, the office has been held by Brendan Howlin,[1] following the resignation of Joan Burton as leader of the party.

Leader of the Labour Party
Brendan Howlin (official portrait).jpg
Incumbent
Brendan Howlin

since 20 May 2016
Inaugural holderJames Connolly (de facto)
Thomas Johnson (de jure)
Formation1912 (de facto)
1917 (de jure)
WebsiteBrendan Howlin, TD

In a review of procedures at the party's 2017 conference, the position of Deputy Leader was abolished after a year of lying vacant, and the nomination and seconding of new leadership candidates was extended to Senators and MEPs as well as TDs.[2]

LeadersEdit

Name Portrait Constituency Term of Office Office(s)
Thomas Johnson   Dublin County 1917 1927
Thomas J. O'Connell   Mayo South 1927 1932
William Norton   Kildare 1932 2 March 1960 Tánaiste
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Industry and Commerce
Brendan Corish Wexford 2 March 1960 26 June 1977 Tánaiste
Minister for Health
Minister for Social Welfare
Frank Cluskey   Dublin South-Central 1 July 1977 12 June 1981
Michael O'Leary   Dublin North-Central 17 June 1981 1 November 1982 Tánaiste
Minister for Energy
Dick Spring   Kerry North 1 November 1982 13 November 1997 Tánaiste
Minister for the Environment
Minister for Energy
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ruairi Quinn   Dublin South-East 13 November 1997 25 October 2002
Pat Rabbitte   Dublin South-West 25 October 2002 6 September 2007
Eamon Gilmore   Dún Laoghaire 6 September 2007 4 July 2014 Tánaiste
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Joan Burton   Dublin West 4 July 2014 20 May 2016 Tánaiste
Minister for Social Protection
Brendan Howlin   Wexford 20 May 2016 Incumbent

Deputy leadersEdit

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Constituency Term of Office Office(s)
Barry Desmond   Dún Laoghaire 22 February 1982 July 1989 Spokesperson on Finance
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Health
Ruairi Quinn   Dublin South-East July 1989 13 November 1997 Spokesperson on the Environment
Minister for Enterprise and Employment
Minister for Finance
Brendan Howlin   Wexford 13 November 1997 25 October 2002 Spokesperson on Justice
Spokesperson on Finance
Liz McManus   Wicklow 25 October 2002 4 October 2007 Spokesperson on Health
Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Resources
Joan Burton   Dublin West 4 October 2007 4 July 2014 Spokesperson on Finance
Minister for Social Protection
Alan Kelly   Tipperary North 4 July 2014 20 May 2016 Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport
Minister for the Environment
Position vacant 20 May 2016
Position abolished April 2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brendan Howlin appointed leader of the Labour Party". Irish Times. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Labour Party to reform way it chooses its leader". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-01-17.