Ged Nash (born 7 December 1975) is an Irish Labour Party politician who has served as a Senator for the Labour Panel since April 2016. He previously served as Minister of State for Business and Employment from 2014 to 2016.
|Assumed office |
27 April 2016
|Minister of State for Business and Employment|
14 July 2014 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Pat Breen|
February 2011 – February 2016
Gerald Henry Nash
7 December 1975
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||University College Dublin|
Nash was a member of Louth County Council for the Drogheda area from 2000 to 2011, and a member of Drogheda Town Council from 1999 to 2011. He served as mayor of Drogheda from 2004 to 2005. From 2011 to 2016 he was a TD for the Louth constituency.
Minister of State
In July 2014, he was appointed as Minister of State for Business and Employment with responsibility for small and medium business, collective bargaining and low pay commission at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. He was also made a Super Junior Minister, which meant he attended cabinet meetings but did not have a vote.
While Minister, Nash commissioned the first major independent study of zero and low hour contracts in the Irish labour market. The research was carried out by the University of Limerick and published in November 2015. At the time Nash, himself a former National Secretary of Labour Youth, praised the "vocal campaign" run by his party's youth wing on the issue of zero hour contracts.
In April 2016 Nash was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Labour Panel. Party Leader Brendan Howlin subsequently appointed him as Labour Party spokesperson on Equality, and Labour Affairs and Workers Rights. Nash is currently party spokesperson on Employment and Social Protection.
- "Gerald Nash". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- "Gerald Nash". Labour Party. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Gerald Nash". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
- "Labour TD Gerald Nash recalls being bullied after diagnosis of Crohn's disease". The Irish Times. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "No changes for Noonan and Howlin in reshuffle". RTÉ News. 11 July 2014.
- "Minister Nash publishes Government commissioned report on Zero Hour Contracts by University of Limerick". Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. 3 November 2015.
| Teachta Dála for Louth
With: Gerry Adams
|New office|| Minister of State for Business and Employment