Years Active:1912
Groups & Sections: Labour Left  … Sub-group/Section/Tendency
Documents in Archive:29
Publications:Times Change, TILT, Spectre, Labour News Bulletin, Labour Left, Labour
International Affiliations:Socialist International (1951)
Progressive Alliance (2013)
European Affiliations:Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (European Parliament Group) 
Party of European Socialists (European Party) 
Related Organisations: National Labour Party, National Progressive Democrats, Militant, Democratic Socialist Party, Sligo/Leitrim Independent Socialist Organisation, Democratic Left, Labour Youth
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The Labour Party was founded in 1912 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, by James Connolly, James Larkin and William O’Brien as the political wing of the Irish Trade Union Congress. Unlike the other main Irish political parties, Labour does not trace its origins to the original Sinn Féin. […] The Labour Party is a member of the Progressive Alliance, Socialist International and Party of European Socialists (PES), while the party’s MEPs sit in the European Parliament group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. Through these organisations, the Labour Party is linked with the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Northern Ireland.



WikipediaLabour Party (Ireland) 


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Related Material

Items about Labour.


A list of known publications from Labour, including those not represented in the Irish Left Archive collection.

Comment [Labour]19651968Labour
Labour1967 c.1970 c.Labour
Labour Left1983 c.1985 c.Labour Left
Labour News19361938Labour
Labour News19651966Labour
Labour News Bulletin1970 c.1972 c.Labour
Labour Opposition, The19251926Labour
Socialist Comment19681970Labour
Spark, The [Waterford]19431944 c.Labour
Spectre1967 c.Labour
TILT1994 c.1997 c.Labour
Times Change19942000 c.Democratic Left, Labour
Watchword, The19301932Labour

Podcast Episode

  • Episode 21: Ciara Galvin: Labour

    21: Ciara Galvin: Labour

    •   29th March 2021
    •   1 hr 15 mins

    We talk to Labour party local councillor Ciara Galvin about how she got involved in politics, her experience as a party member, standing in the local elections and the role of local politics, and the political and personal challenges of being a local councillor.

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External Resources

Election Literature & Leaflets

Irish Election Literature

A number of leaflets and documents from the party and individual candidates.

Election Manifestos

Irish Election Manifesto Archive

Manifestos from national, local and European elections.

Programmes for Government

Irish Election Manifesto Archive

Includes programmes for government from Labour’s periods in coalition with FIne Gael, Fianna Fáil and Democratic Left.


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