Labour Party
Leader Joan BurtonTD
Founder James Connolly,

James Larkin, William O'Brien

Deputy Leader Alan KellyTD
Chairperson Loraine Mulligan
General Secretary David Leach
Founded 1912
Dissolved 2022
Headquarters 17 Ely Place, Dublin 2,


Youth wing Labour Youth
Women's wing Labour Women
Ideology Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Progressive Alliance,

Socialist International

European affiliation Party of European Socialists
European Parliament group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Colours Red

The Labour Party was a former Political party in the Republic of Ireland. It was set in 1914 after the Dublin 1913 Lockout by Trade Unions. It was wet up as a Political sector of the Irish Trade Union Congress by Easter Rising leader, one of the causes for Independence, Socialist Leader James Connolly who believed in Ireland as a Socialist Republic.

Although it was set up as a Socialist Party by the time it came to Government in 2011 it had became an Austerity Party, it made numerous promises to the Irish public, non of which were fulfilled. Despite raising taxes, introducing many new taxes, including a property tax and an attempted Water Tax and cutting wages of the Public sector and various forms of Austerity, nothing new was financed. By 2015 the Irish people almost paid the same in taxes as the French, although the quality of Services between the two were tremendous.

The Party had Micheal D.Higgins elected as president in 2011-2018 as Presidents in Ireland have 7 year terms. He was not re-elected. 

Joan Burton served as Tanaiste (deputy prime minister) from 2014-2016


As it's approval dropped from 6% in 2015 to 3% in 2018. By it's collapse in 2022 it had a 0.7% approval rating.

After they failed to get any seats in the 2016 General Election the membership of the Party dropped to 677. In the 2018 General Election they won no seats and again in the 2021 General Election they won no seats. In 2022 it was announced the party was to dissolve due to low election results and lack of sufficiant funding. The party officially dissolved on June 5th 2022 due to bankrupcy.

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