Gerald NashGerald Nash TD General Election Candidate for Louth Minister of State attending the Government and Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with responsibility With Special responsibility for small business and collective bargaining Ireland Midlands North West : Louth : Drogheda East

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Ged Nash is the Labour TD for the Louth East Meath constituency and the “Super Junior” Minister for Business and Employment. He was first elected to the Dail in 2011 having previously served as a Councillor on both Louth County Council and Drogheda Borough Council. In 2004 he was elected Mayor of Drogheda; at 28 years of age he was the youngest person to ever hold the post.

His priorities as Minister of State for Business and Employment include the setting up of the Low Pay Commission, protecting workers’ rights through the implementation of legislation on Collective Bargaining and registered employment agreements and a focus on job creation through improved and ongoing support for SMEs. He will also deal with legislation governing Health and Safety in the workplace and promotion of the Retail Sector and the Year of Irish Design ID2015. 

In his constituency, Ged has a widely recognised track record of work and delivery on housing, enterprise, economic development, arts, sport and youth affairs. He has served on the boards of Drogheda Youth Development, Droichead Arts Centre, Calipo Theatre Company and Upstate Theatre Project.  His work on these boards involved the establishment of Boomerang Youth Cafe, the Drogheda Arts Festival and the inaugural Drogheda Maritime Festival. He also remains a committed lifelong supporter of Drogheda Utd.

On entering the Dáil in 2011 he was appointed vice chair of the Labour Parliamentary Party. He served on three Oireachtas Committees:  the Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht ; the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Committee of Public Accounts. He was also chair of the Oireachtas Friends of Palestine and the informal Oireachtas Cross Party Group to Tackle Alcohol Misuse.
Ged is interested in the arts, in particular theatre and Irish crafts and design. He is married to Marion Haggins. 

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