Alex White, Senior Counsel, is a Labour
TD for Dublin South and Minister of State at the Department of Health with
responsibility for Primary Care. He also has Ministerial charge of the
National Drugs Strategy.
White is a graduate in Economic and Social Studies from Trinity College
Dublin (1981), where he was President of the Students Union. He qualified
from the Kings Inns in 1987 and was called to the Irish Bar in July of
Between 1984 and 1994 Alex White was a current affairs producer with RTE,
working on a wide range of radio programmes, including coverage of major
events such as general elections. He was editor of the Gay Byrne Show for
four years before leaving RTE to take up practice as a barrister.
Alex White has been a leading practitioner in employment and labour law
since 1994, appearing regularly before the Irish Courts and in employment
tribunals on behalf of employee and employer clients. He was called to
the Inner Bar in 2010.
White was elected to South Dublin County Council as a first-time candidate
in June 2004 and was Deputy Mayor in 2006/2007. He first ran as a Dail
candidate in 2007 in Dublin South, and subsequently was elected to the
Senate on the Cultural and Educational panel, becoming group leader of
the Labour Party, as well as national spokesperson on Children for the
party. He was elected a TD in the 2011 general election and was appointed
as Minister of State at the Department of Health in October 2012.
Alex White has lectured on employment law and on media studies, and is
a frequent contributor to radio and television. He is married to NUI Maynooth
sociologist Mary Corcoran. They have one daughter and one son.