Wednesday 26 July 2017

Former minister Alex White set for return to politics after disastrous 2016 election

Former Minister for Communications Alex White. Photo: Tom Burke
Former Minister for Communications Alex White. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

FORMER minister Alex White appears set for a return to politics as a Labour Party councillor on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Mr White, who was Minister for Communications from July 2014 until last year’s general election, wants to be co-opted onto the council to replace Cllr Carron McKinney.

Cllr McKinney is stepping down due to work commitments, creating a vacancy that will be in the gift of the Labour Party.

“I’m interested in the position. I’ve stayed involved in the party since the election and worked on a lot of policy stuff internally,” Mr White told Independent.ie.

The senior counsel lost his seat as a TD for Dublin South last February in what was a disastrous election for the Labour Party.

However he has remained active “on the ground” since and party bosses are fully aware of his desire to “stay involved, stay active”.

The decision of who to co-opt in the place of Cllr McKinney will fall to the members of Labour’s Stillorgan ward which she represents.

Mr White acknowledged that other candidates could put their names forward.

Asked whether his potential re-entry to local politics is a signal that he will bid to regain his seat at the next general election, Mr White said: “I’ll take one step at a time. We’ll see.”

Prior to serving as Communications Minister, Mr What was Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care.

He previously worked as a councillor on South Dublin County Council from June 2004 and was Deputy Mayor in 2006/2007 before becoming a senator in 2007 and eventually a TD in 2011.

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