Wednesday 11 December 2019

Brendan Howlin calls up six former Labour TDs to be spokespeople

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin Photo: Frank Mc Grath
John Downing

John Downing

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has called up six former TDs in an effort to “bulk-up” his front-bench team marking the new minority Coalition.

The new Labour leader today also said he was trying to step the involvement of the party’s fifty city and county councillors, giving them a special role to help him rebuild the party.

The party was reduced to seven Dáil seats in February, a whopping loss of 30 TDs, compared with its 2011 record haul of 37 TDs.

Mr Howlin gave a frontline post to Alan Kelly, the man who would have contested the leadership against him last month but failed for lack of a seconder. Mr Kelly is in charge of health and jobs marking two Government newcomers, Simon Harris and Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

Each of the seven TDs and five Senators have being given jobs. The seven former TDs who received a call-up are Joe Costello, Joanna Tuffy, Michael McNamara, Emmet Stagg, Kathleen Lynch and Ciarán Lynch.

This is the full team:

Dáil members:


 Brendan Howlin

· Labour Party Leader

· Spokesperson on Justice and Northern Ireland


Joan Burton

· Spokesperson on the Arts

· Spokesperson on Education and Skills

· Spokesperson on Finance


Alan Kelly

· Spokesperson on Health

· Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation


Jan O’Sullivan

· Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs

· Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government


Willie Penrose

· Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Rural Affairs

· Spokesperson on Social Protection


Brendan Ryan

· Party Whip

· Spokesperson on Defence

· Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport


Sean Sherlock

· Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources

· Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform



Ivana Bacik

· Seanad Group Leader

· Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Development


Kevin Humphreys

· Seanad Whip

· Spokesperson on Dublin


Denis Landy

· Spokesperson on Local Government Reform

· Spokesperson on Regional Development


Gerald Nash

· Spokesperson on Equality

· Spokesperson on Labour Affairs and Workers Rights,


Aodhán Ó Ríordáin

· Spokesperson on Environment and Sustainable Development

· Spokesperson on Gaeltacht Affairs


Former TDs

 In addition to the Oireachtas spokespersons, a further six national spokespersons have been appointed.


 Joe Costello 

· Spokesperson on Urban Regeneration


Ciarán Lynch

· Spokesperson on Affordable Housing

· Spokesperson on the Retail Sector


Kathleen Lynch 


· Spokesperson on Mental Health

· Spokesperson on Disability


Michael McNamara 

· Spokesperson on International Tax Justice


Emmet Stagg

· Spokesperson on Older People


Joanna Tuffy

· Spokesperson on Lifelong learning

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