Labour Party (Ireland) Front Bench

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The Labour Party is the fourth-largest political party in the Oireachtas. The Labour Party leader appoints a team of TDs and Senators to speak for the party on different issues. When the Labour Party was in Government their front bench consisted of the ministerial officeholders. The Labour Party has been in opposition since March 2016 and accordingly, their front bench areas of responsibility broadly correspond to those of Government ministers. The new front bench was announced on 8 June 2016.[1] Due to the small number of TDs, many front bench areas were given to senators and former TDs from outside the Oireachtas.

Labour Party frontbench[edit]

Portfolio Spokesperson
Front Bench in Dáil Éireann[2]
Party Leader

Spokesperson on Justice

Spokesperson on Northern Ireland

Brendan Howlin TD
Parliamentary Party Chairperson

Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Spokesperson on Rural Affairs

Spokesperson on Social Protection

Willie Penrose TD
Party Whip

Spokesperson on Defence

Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Brendan Ryan TD
Spokesperson on the Arts

Spokesperson on Education and Skills

Spokesperson on Finance

Joan Burton TD
Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources

Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform

Sean Sherlock TD
Spokesperson on Health

Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Alan Kelly TD
Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs

Jan O'Sullivan TD
Front Bench in Seanad Éireann [3]
Seanad Group Leader

Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Development

Senator Ivana Bacik
Seanad Group Whip

Spokesperson on Dublin

Senator Kevin Humphreys,
Spokesperson on Local Government Reform

Spokesperson on Regional Development

Senator Denis Landy
Spokesperson on Equality

Spokesperson on Labour Affairs and Workers Rights

Senator Gerald Nash
Spokesperson on Environment and Sustainable Development

Spokesperson on Gaeltacht Affairs

Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Non Oireachtas Spokespersons [4]
Spokesperson on Urban Regeneration Joe Costello
Spokesperson on Affordable Housing

Spokesperson on the Retail Sector

Ciarán Lynch
Spokesperson on Mental Health

Spokesperson on Disability

Kathleen Lynch
Spokesperson on International Tax Justice Michael McNamara
Spokesperson on Older People Emmet Stagg
Spokesperson on Lifelong Learning Joanna Tuffy
Spokesperson on Constitutional Affairs Alex White

During the Leadership Election in May 2016, The Parliamentary Labour Party did not propose a TD for the position of Deputy Leader, this makes the office de facto abolished. The position was formally abolished in April 2017 with the passage of a new party constitution at National Conference.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brophy, Daragh. "It's no longer Alan Kelly's job to talk about Irish Water". Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  2. ^ Party, The Labour. "We've announced our Spokespeople". The Labour Party. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  3. ^ Party, The Labour. "We've announced our Spokespeople". The Labour Party. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 
  4. ^ Party, The Labour. "We've announced our Spokespeople". The Labour Party. Retrieved 2016-06-09. 

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