Ged Nash

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Gerald Nash
Minister of State for Business and Employment
In office
14 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Pat Breen
Assumed office
27 April 2016
Constituency Labour Panel
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011 – February 2016
Constituency Louth
Personal details
Born Gerald Nash
(1975-12-07) 7 December 1975 (age 41)
Drogheda, Louth, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party
Alma mater University College Dublin

Gerald "Ged" Nash (born December 1975) is an Irish Labour Party politician. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 15.[1] Nash is currently the Labour Party Spokesperson on Equality, and Labour Affairs and Workers Rights.

Nash was a member of Louth County Council for the Drogheda area from 2000 to 2011, and a member of Drogheda Town Council from 1999 to 2011.[2] He served as mayor of Drogheda from 2004 to 2005.[3] He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency at the 2011 general election.[4]

Minister of State[edit]

In July 2014, he was appointed as Minister of State for Business and Employment with responsibility for small and medium business, collective bargaining and low pay commission at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.[5] He was also made a Super Junior Minister, which meant he attended cabinet meetings but did not have a vote.

While Minister, Nash commissioned the first major independent study of zero and low hour contracts in the Irish labour market. The research was carried out by the University of Limerick and published in November 2015.[6] At the time Nash, himself a former National Secretary of Labour Youth,[7] praised the "vocal campaign" run by his party's youth wing on the issue of zero hour contracts.[8]

He lost his seat at the 2016 general election.[2]

Seanad Éireann[edit]

In April 2016 Nash was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Labour Panel. Party Leader Brendan Howlin subsequently appointed him as Labour Party Spokesperson on Equality, and Labour Affairs and Workers Rights.


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Preceded by
Dermot Ahern
Séamus Kirk
Arthur Morgan
Fergus O'Dowd
Teachta Dála for Louth
With: Gerry Adams
Peter Fitzpatrick
Séamus Kirk
Fergus O'Dowd
Succeeded by
Gerry Adams
Declan Breathnach
Peter Fitzpatrick
Imelda Munster
Fergus O'Dowd
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Business and Employment
Succeeded by