Leader of the Labour Party (Ireland)
The Leader of the Labour Party is the most senior politician within the Labour Party in Ireland. Since 3 April 2020, the office has been held by Alan Kelly, following the resignation of Brendan Howlin as leader of the party.
|Leader of the Labour Party|
|Inaugural holder||James Connolly (de facto)|
Thomas Johnson (de jure)
|Formation||1912 (de facto)|
1917 (de jure)
|Website||Alan Kelly, 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.
|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|
- "Brendan Howlin appointed leader of the Labour Party". Irish Times. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- "Labour Party to reform way it chooses its leader". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-01-17.