Leader of the Labour Party (Ireland)

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Leader of the Labour Party
Ceannaire Pháirtí an Lucht Oibre
Labour Party (Ireland) 2016 logo.png
Brendan Howlin Aviva.jpg
Incumbent
Brendan Howlin TD

Breandán Húilín TD
since 20 May 2016
Inaugural holder James Connolly (de facto)
Thomas Johnson (de jure)
Formation 1912 (de facto)
1917 (de jure)
Website Brendan Howlin, TD

The Leader of the Labour Party (Irish: Ceannaire Pháirtí an Lucht Oibre) is the most senior politician within the Labour Party in Ireland. Since 20 May 2016, the office has been held by Brendan Howlin,[1] following the resignation of Joan Burton as leader of the party.

The position of deputy leader is currently vacant.

Leaders[edit]

Name Portrait Constituency Term of Office Office(s)
Thomas Johnson Tomjohnson.jpg Dublin County 1917 1927
Thomas J. O'Connell No image.png Mayo South 1927 1932
William Norton No image.png Kildare 1932 2 March 1960 Tánaiste
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Industry and Commerce
Brendan Corish Wexford 2 March 1960 26 June 1977 Tánaiste
Minister for Health
Minister for Social Welfare
Frank Cluskey No image.png Dublin South-Central 1 July 1977 12 June 1981
Michael O'Leary No image.png Dublin North-Central 17 June 1981 1 November 1982 Tánaiste
Minister for Energy
Dick Spring Irish Tánaiste Dick Spring at the White House, 16 Nov 1993.jpg Kerry North 1 November 1982 13 November 1997 Tánaiste
Minister for the Environment
Minister for Energy
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ruairi Quinn Ruairi Quinn 2011.jpg Dublin South-East 13 November 1997 25 October 2002
Pat Rabbitte Pat Rabbitte, May 2015 (cropped).jpg Dublin South-West 25 October 2002 6 September 2007
Eamon Gilmore Eamon Gilmore Conference 2010 cropped.jpg Dún Laoghaire 6 September 2007 4 July 2014 Tánaiste
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Joan Burton Joan Burton July 2014 (cropped).jpg Dublin West 4 July 2014 20 May 2016 Tánaiste
Minister for Social Protection
Brendan Howlin Brendan Howlin Aviva.jpg Wexford 20 May 2016 Incumbent

Deputy leaders[edit]

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Constituency Term of Office Office(s)
Barry Desmond No image.png Dún Laoghaire 22 February 1982 July 1989 Spokesperson on Finance
Minister for Social Welfare
Minister for Health
Ruairi Quinn Ruairi Quinn 2011.jpg Dublin South-East July 1989 13 November 1997 Spokesperson on the Environment
Minister for Enterprise and Employment
Minister for Finance
Brendan Howlin Brendan Howlin TD - Labour Party.jpg Wexford 13 November 1997 25 October 2002 Spokesperson on Justice
Spokesperson on Finance
Liz McManus Liz McManus TD, Labour Party - Development of broadband infrastructure key to jobs and recovery.jpg Wicklow 25 October 2002 4 October 2007 Spokesperson on Health
Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Resources
Joan Burton Joan Burton July 2014 (cropped).jpg Dublin West 4 October 2007 4 July 2014 Spokesperson on Finance
Minister for Social Protection
Alan Kelly Alan Kelly 2011.jpg 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brendan Howlin appointed leader of the Labour Party". Irish Times. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.