Alex White (politician)
Alex White (born 3 December 1958) is an Irish former Labour Party politician who served as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2014 to 2016, Minister of State for Primary Care from 2012 to 2014 and Leader of the Labour Party in the Seanad 2007 to 2011. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South constituency from 2011 to 2016. He was a Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel from 2007 to 2011.
|Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources|
11 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Pat Rabbitte|
|Succeeded by||Denis Naughten|
|Minister of State for Primary Care|
27 September 2012 – 11 July 2014
|Preceded by||Róisín Shortall|
|Succeeded by||Kathleen Lynch|
|Leader of the Labour Party in the Seanad|
13 September 2007 – 8 March 2011
|Preceded by||Brendan Ryan|
|Succeeded by||Phil Prendergast|
February 2011 – February 2016
24 July 2007 – 26 February 2011
|Constituency||Cultural and Educational Panel|
3 December 1958
Marino, Dublin, Ireland
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Corcoran (m. 1994)|
White was a student activist in Trinity College, Dublin, where he was president of the Students' Union and also for a time a supporter of various Trotskyist groupings, including the League for a Workers Republic. He was later a national officer of the Union of Students in Ireland. During his time as a producer with RTÉ, he was active in the SIPTU trade union. In common with Mary McAleese, he was attacked and criticised by a group led by Eoghan Harris and associated with the Workers' Party, over what they perceived as their bias towards Republican groups in the North. White was a strong opponent of Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act, which prevented Sinn Féin members from being heard. White has a long record of involvement in campaigns to further the equal rights of women. He actively campaigned for divorce in 1986 and 1995, and was a Director of Elections for the Anti-Amendment campaign on the North side of Dublin in 1983.
He was first elected to South Dublin County Council in 2004, for the Terenure-Rathfarnham electoral area. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2007 general election in the Dublin South constituency.
White was nominated as a general election candidate in 2007, by the Labour Party leadership. He had voted for coalition with Fine Gael in a Labour Party congress (the line of Pat Rabbitte, then leader of the party). His election to the Seanad was due to a voting pact with Sinn Féin.
He was the Labour Party candidate in the 2009 by-election in Dublin South. He came second behind the former RTÉ economics editor George Lee. White was his party's Seanad group leader and Spokesperson on Children between 2007 and February 2011, when he was elected to the Dáil. He subsequently was appointed as Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.
Following the resignation of Eamon Gilmore, as Leader of the Labour Party, in the aftermath of Labour's poor result at the 2014 local and European elections, White announced his candidacy for the party leadership. On 4 July 2014, Joan Burton was elected as Labour Party leader, defeating White by 77% to 22%.
In June 2017, he was co-opted to fill a vacancy on Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council.
In January 2019, White was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Dublin constituency in the 2019 European Parliament election. He got 18,293 first-preference votes (5.0%) but was not elected.
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| Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South
| Minister of State for Primary Care
| Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources