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Brendan Howlin

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Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
20 May 2016
Preceded by Joan Burton
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
In office
9 March 2011 – 6 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Paschal Donohoe
Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann
In office
26 June 2007 – 9 March 2011
Ceann Comhairle
  • John O'Donoghue
  • Seamus Kirk
Preceded by Séamus Pattison
Succeeded by Michael Kitt
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
13 November 1997 – 25 October 2002
Leader Ruairi Quinn
Preceded by Ruairi Quinn
Succeeded by Liz McManus
Minister for the Environment
In office
14 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
Taoiseach John Bruton
Preceded by Michael Smith
Succeeded by Noel Dempsey
Minister for Health
In office
12 January 1993 – 17 November 1994
Taoiseach Albert Reynolds
Preceded by John O'Connell
Succeeded by Michael Woods
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 1987
Constituency Wexford
In office
21 February 1983 – 17 February 1987
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born 9 May 1956 (1956-05-09) (age 65)
Wexford, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party
Alma mater St Patrick's College, Dublin

Brendan Howlin (born 9 May 1956) is an Irish Labour Party politician. He was Leader of the Labour Party since May 2016. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Wexford constituency since 1987.

He was Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform from 2011 to 2016, Leas-Cheann Comhairle from 2007 to 2011, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1997 to 2002, Minister for the Environment from 1994 to 1997 and Minister for Health from 1993 to 1994.

He was a Senator from 1983 to 1987, after being nominated by the Taoiseach.

In February 2020, after a poor result for the Labour Party in the 2020 general election, he announced that he would be stepping down as party leader in a few weeks.

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