Alex White (politician)
|Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources|
11 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Pat Rabbitte|
|Succeeded by||Denis Naughten|
|Minister of State for Primary Care|
27 September 2012 – 11 July 2014
|Preceded by||Róisín Shortall|
|Succeeded by||Kathleen Lynch|
|Leader of the Labour Party in the Seanad|
13 September 2007 – 8 March 2011
|Preceded by||Brendan Ryan|
|Succeeded by||Phil Prendergast (acting)|
February 2011 – February 2016
July 2007 – February 2011
|Constituency||Cultural and Educational Panel|
3 December 1958 |
Marino, Dublin, Ireland
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin|
Alex White (born 3 December 1958) is an Irish senior counsel, Labour Party politician, and former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. He was elected at the 2011 general election as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin South, having previously been member of Seanad Éireann, elected by the Cultural and Educational Panel in 2007. He lost his Dáil seat in 2016.
White was a student activist in Trinity College, Dublin, where he was president of the Students' Union and also for a time a supporter of various Trotskyist groupings, including the League for a Workers Republic. He was later a national officer of the Union of Students in Ireland. During his time as a producer with RTÉ he was active in the SIPTU trade union. In common with Mary McAleese he was attacked and criticised by a group led by Eoghan Harris and associated with the Workers' Party over what they perceived as their bias towards Republican groups in the North. White was a strong opponent of Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act, which prevented Sinn Féin members from being heard.
He was first elected to South Dublin County Council in 2004, for the Terenure-Rathfarnham electoral area. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election in the Dublin South constituency.
White was nominated as a general election candidate in 2007 by the Labour Party leadership. He had voted for coalition with Fine Gael in a Labour Party congress (the line of Pat Rabbitte, then leader of the party). His election to the Senate was due to a voting pact with Sinn Féin.
He was the Labour Party candidate in the 2009 by-election in Dublin South. He came second behind the former RTÉ economics editor George Lee. White was his party's Seanad group leader and national spokesperson on children between 2007 and February 2011, when he was elected to the Dáil. He subsequently was appointed as chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.
Following the resignation of Eamon Gilmore as Leader of the Labour Party in the aftermath of Labour's poor result at the local and European elections, White announced his candidacy for the party leadership. On 4 July 2014, Joan Burton was elected as Labour Party leader, defeating White by 77% to 22%.
On 11 July 2014, he was appointed Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in a cabinet reshuffle.
White lost his seat at the 2016 general election. He remained Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in an acting capacity during prolonged talks on government formation, earning €13,515 in that time.
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|Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South
|Minister of State for Primary Care
|Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources