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Mandate is a trade union representing retail, administrative and distributive workers in Ireland.

Full nameMandate Trade Union
Founded1994 (1994)
Members40,000 (2005)
Key peopleJohn Douglas, General Secretary
Office locationO'Lehane House, Cavendish Row, Dublin
Door to home of "Mandate - The Union of Retail, Bar and Administrative Workers" in Dublin

The union was founded in 1994, when the Irish Distributive and Administrative Trade Union merged with the Irish National Union of Vintners', Grocers' and Allied Trades Assistants.[1] The merger was criticised by some members because the word "union" was not contained in the title. Later, the union was renamed "Mandate Trade Union".

On formation, the union had 22,000 members, and this grew to 40,000 by 2005. Due to the turnover of staff in retail, at the time, it was recruiting around 16,000 members per year in order to maintain this level of total membership.[2]

A new logo was designed in 2009.

General SecretariesEdit

1994: Owen Nulty
2005: John Douglas


  1. ^ Arthur Marsh, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, vol.5, pp.119-120
  2. ^ "Owen was at helm of Mandate trade union", Irish Independent, 3 June 2005

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