The Labour Party
is represented in D�il �ireann, Seanad �ireann and in the European
Parliament as a member of the Party of European Socialists (PES).
The Party was
founded in 1912 at a conference of the Irish Trade Union Congress in Clonmel
under the inspiration of James Connolly, Jim Larkin and William O'Brien. It is
the oldest political party in Ireland and through its affiliation to the
Socialist International is a sister party of the Social Democratic and Labour
Party in Northern Ireland.
The Labour Party seeks to build a society free from
deprivation and based on the principles of democracy, equality, participation
The Labour Party has twelve affiliated trade unions
representing 50% of all trade union members in the State.
Since its foundation,
the Labour Party has taken part in seven coalition Governments most recently
from 1994 to 1997. At the General Election of 1997 the Party won 17 seats
making it the third largest party in the Dail.
In the 1993 Government the
Labour Party contributed to the negotiation of the Joint Declaration on peace
in Northern Ireland signed by the then Taoiseach and British Prime Minister at
Downing Street on 15 December, 1993.
In 1990 Labour T.D.s and Senators
nominated Mary Robinson as President of Ireland. She went on to win the
election and became Ireland's first woman President.
The leader of the Labour
Party is Ruairi Quinn.
The Party Head Office is at 17 Ely Place, Dublin 2.