Ged Nash

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.

Gerald Nash
Assumed office
27 April 2016
ConstituencyLabour Panel
Minister of State for Business and Employment
In office
14 July 2014  6 May 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byPat Breen
Teachta Dála
In office
February 2011  February 2016
Personal details
Gerald Henry Nash

(1975-12-07) 7 December 1975
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Political partyLabour Party
Alma materUniversity 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.[1] He served as mayor of Drogheda from 2004 to 2005.[2] From 2011 to 2016 he was a TD for the Louth constituency.


He was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency at the 2011 general election.[3][4] He lost his seat at the 2016 general election.[1]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.

Seanad Éireann

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.


  1. "Gerald Nash". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. "Gerald Nash". Labour Party. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  3. "Gerald Nash". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  4. "Labour TD Gerald Nash recalls being bullied after diagnosis of Crohn's disease". The Irish Times. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  5. "No changes for Noonan and Howlin in reshuffle". RTÉ News. 11 July 2014.
  6. "Minister Nash publishes Government commissioned report on Zero Hour Contracts by University of Limerick". Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. 3 November 2015.
Preceded by
Dermot Ahern
Séamus Kirk
Arthur Morgan
Fergus O'Dowd
Teachta Dála for Louth
With: Gerry Adams
Peter Fitzpatrick
Séamus Kirk
Fergus O'Dowd
Succeeded by
Gerry Adams
Declan Breathnach
Peter Fitzpatrick
Imelda Munster
Fergus O'Dowd
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Business and Employment
Succeeded by
Pat Breen
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