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, following the resignation of Joan Burton 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||Brendan 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.
|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.