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‘Workers Roll of Honour’ Announced

PRESS RELEASE: 23 February 2011

Coalition to Protect the Lowest Paid

Candidates who have pledged to protect the lowest paid named

The Coalition to Protect the Lowest Paid has released a list of candidates who, if elected, have made a pledge to protect the lowest paid workers in Ireland.  The Workers’ Roll of Honour includes over 153 candidates who have pledged to reverse the cut to the minimum wage within six months of taking office, and to ensure that the government’s review(1) of minimum wage agreements for up to 300,000 workers in specific sectors such as contract cleaning, security, catering and retail, is fair and transparent.

Political parties whose members fully endorse the pledge to protect the lowest paid include the Labour Party, Sinn Féin, Workers Party and the United Left Alliance:

>     Download pdf with full list of candidates by constituency – click here.

“The Workers Roll of Honour stands in stark contrast to politicians who voted in favour of the cut to the National Minimum Wage,” says Siobhán O’Donoghue of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. “Protecting the minimum wages of the lowest paid is essential to rebuild our economy and society.”

“While most people are aware of the cut to the minimum wage, most are not aware that the Government is currently undertaking a review of the minimum wages and conditions set by agreements for specific sectors, such as retail and contract cleaning,” says Ethel Buckley, Campaign Co-ordinator, SIPTU.  “It appears that the plan of the review is to try to severely cut the minimum wages and conditions for workers covered by these agreements and it must be opposed.”

“We cannot sit by and watch a new government attack the lowest paid workers and their families in the same way the last one did,” says John Douglas, General Secretary of Mandate.  “That is why it is so important to support candidates on the Roll of Honour who have pledged to protect the lowest paid and to maintain a threshold of decency.”

The Coalition to Protect the Lowest Paid includes SIPTU, MANDATE, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, The Poor Can’t Pay Campaign, The Community Platform, UNITE , The National Women’s Council of Ireland and the European Anti-Poverty Network - Ireland.


*Notes for Editors: 

1. Review of Employment Regulation Orders (EROs)

The government, as part of the National Recovery Plan announced in November 2010, decided to undertake a review of Employment Regulation Orders (EROs) which set minimum rates of pay and conditions for thousands of workers in Ireland in specific sectors of employment.  Currently, there are 18 EROs in existence covering up to 300,000 workers. Some sectors in which workers are covered by EROs include agriculture, contract cleaning, catering, hotels, and retail grocery and allied trades.  EROs are made by the Labour Court and are based on agreements of Joint Labour Committees (JLCs). JLCs are independent bodies made up of equal numbers of employer and worker representatives appointed by the Labour Court with a chairperson appointed by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation. JLCs meet regularly to review and agree the EROs.  The terms of reference of the formal review of EROs was announced on 10 February 2011 by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Mary Hanafin, TD. For more information on EROs and JLCs see:

2.  Workers Roll of Honour : Candidates who made the pledge to protect the lowest paid


Candidate's First name

Candidate's Surname


Carlow / Kilkenny Ann Phelan Labour
Carlow / Kilkenny Conor MacLiam United Left Alliance
Carlow / Kilkenny Des Hurley Labour
Carlow / Kilkenny John Cassin Sinn Fein
Carlow / Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion Sinn Fein
Cavan / Monaghan Caoimhghin O Caolain Sinn Fein
Cavan / Monaghan Kathryn Reilly Sinn Fein
Cavan / Monaghan Liam Hogan Labour
Clare Michael McNamara Labour
Cork East John Mulvihill Labour
Cork East Sandra McLellan Sinn Fein
Cork East Sean Sherlock Labour
Cork North Central John Gilroy Labour
Cork North Central Jonathan O'Brien Sinn Fein
Cork North Central Kathleen Lynch Labour
Cork North Central Mick Barry United Left Alliance
Cork North Central Ted Tynan Workers Party
Cork North West Ann Foley ULA
Cork North West Des O'Grady Sinn Fein
Cork North West Des O'Grady Sinn Fein
Cork North West Martin Coughlan Labour
Cork South Ciaran Lynch Labour
Cork South Central Chris O'Leary Sinn Fein
Cork South Central Paula Desmond Labour
Cork South West Michael McCarthy Labour
Cork South West Paul Hayes Sinn Fein
Donegal North East Padraig MacLochlainn Sinn Fein
Donegal North West Jimmy Harte Labour
Donegal South West Frank McBrearty Labour
Donegal South West Pearse Doherty Sinn Fein
Donegal South West Thomas Pringle Independent
Dublin Central Aine Clancy Labour
Dublin Central Joe Costello Labour
Dublin Central John Hyland Independent
Dublin Central Malachy Steenson Workers Party
Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald Sinn Fein
Dublin Central Maureen O'Sullivan Independent
Dublin Central Paschal Donohue Fine Gael
Dublin Couth Central Eric Byrne Labour
Dublin Mid West Eoin O'Broin Sinn Fein
Dublin Mid West Gino Kenny United Left Alliance
Dublin Mid West Joanna Tuffy Labour
Dublin Mid West Michael Finnegan Workers Party
Dublin Mid West Rob Connolly United Left Alliance
Dublin Mid West Robert Dowds Labour
Dublin North Brendan Ryan Labour
Dublin North Clare Daly United Left Alliance
Dublin North Tom Kelleher Labour
Dublin North Central Aodhan O'Riordan Labour
Dublin North Central Helen McCormack Sinn Fein
Dublin North Central John Lyons United Left Alliance
Dublin North East Brian Greene United Left Alliance
Dublin North East Larry O'Toole Sinn Fein
Dublin North East Sean Kenny Labour
Dublin North East Tommy Broughan Labour
Dublin North West Andrew Keegan ULA
Dublin North West Dessie Ellis Sinn Fein
Dublin North West John Dunne Workers Party
Dublin North West John Lyons Labour
Dublin North West Roisin Shortall Labour
Dublin South Aidan Culhane Labour
Dublin South Alex White Labour
Dublin South Nicola Curry ULA
Dublin South Sorcha Nic Cormaic Sinn Fein
Dublin South Central Aengus O'Snodaigh Sinn Fein
Dublin South Central Henry Upton Labour
Dublin South Central Joan Collins United Left Alliance
Dublin South Central Michael Conaghan Labour
Dublin South Central Ruairi McGinley Fine Gael
Dublin South East Annete Mooney United Left Alliance
Dublin South East Dylan Haskins Independent
Dublin South East Kevin Humphreys Labour
Dublin South East Ruadhan MacAodain Sinn Fein
Dublin South East Ruairi Quinn Labour
Dublin South West Brian Hayes Fine Gael
Dublin South West Eamonn Maloney Labour
Dublin South West Mick Murphy United Left Alliance
Dublin South West Pat Rabbitte Labour
Dublin South West Sean Crowe Sinn Fein
Dublin West Joan Bruton Labour
Dublin West Joe Higgins United Left Alliance
Dublin West Mick Finnegan Workers' Party
Dublin West Patrick Nulty Labour
Dublin West Patrick Nulty Labour
Dublin West Paul Donnelly Sinn Fein
Dun Laoghaire Eamon Gilmore Labour
Dun Laoghaire Ivana Bacik Labour
Dun Laoghaire Richard Boyd Barrett United Left Alliance
Galway East Colm Keavney Labour
Galway East Dermot Connolly Sinn Fein
Galway East Lorraine Higgins Labour
Galway West Derek Nolan Labour
Galway West Trevor O'Clochartaigh Sinn Fein
Kerry North Arthur John Spring Labour
Kerry North Martin Ferris Sinn Fein
Kerry South Marie Maloney Labour
Kildare North Catherine Murphy Independent
Kildare North Emmet Stagg Labour
Kildare North John McGinley Labour
Kildare North Martin Kelly Sinn Fein
Kildare South Jack Wall Labour
Kildare South Jason Turner Sinn Fein
Laois / Offaly Brian Stanley Sinn Fein
Laois / Offaly Joe Leddin Labour
Laois / Offaly John Whelan Labour
Laois / Offaly Ray Fitzpatrick ULA
Limerick James Heffernan Labour
Limerick City Cian Prenderville United Left Alliance
Limerick City Jan O'Sullivan Labour
Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan Sinn Fein
Longford / Westmeath Paul Hogan Sinn Fein
Longford/Westmeath Mae Sexton Labour
Longford/Westmeath Willie Penrose Labour
Louth Gerald Nash Labour
Louth Gerry Adams Sinn Fein
Louth Mary Moran Labour
Mayo Gerry Crowley Labour
Mayo Michael Kilcoyne Independent
Mayo Rose Conway-Walsh Sinn Fein
Mayo Therese Ruane Sinn Fein
Meath East Dominic Hannigan Labour
Meath East Michael Gallagher Sinn Fein
Meath East Nick Killian Fianna Fail Meath East
Meath East Seamus McDonagh Workers' Party
Meath East Sharon Keoghan New Vision
Meath West Jenny McHugh Labour
Meath West Peadar Toibin Sinn Fein
Roscommon / Leitrim South John Kelly Labour
Roscommon / Leitrim South Martin Kenny Sinn Fein
Roscommon / Leitrim South Sean Kearins Independent
Sligo / Leitrim North Declan Bree United Left Alliance
Sligo / Leitrim North Michael Colreavy Sinn Fein
Sligo / Leitrim North Susan O'Keefe Labour
Sligo / Leitrim North Veronica Cawley Independent
Tipperary North Alan Kelly Labour
Tipperary North Seamie Morris Sinn Fein
Tipperary South Michael Brown Sinn Fein
Tipperary South Phil Prendergast Labour
Tipperary South Seamus Healy United Left Alliance
Waterford Ciara Conway Labour
Waterford David Cullinane Sinn Fein
Waterford Joe Tobin Workers Party
Waterford John Halligan Independent
Waterford Seamus Ryan Labour
Wexford Anthony Kelly Sinn Fein
Wexford Brendan Howlin Labour
Wexford Pat Cody Labour
Wicklow Anne Ferris Labour
Wicklow John Brady Sinn Fein
Wicklow Peter Dempsey Independent
Wicklow / East Carlow Anne Ferris Labour
Wicklow / East Carlow Conal Kavanagh Labour
Wicklow / East Carlow Tom Fortune Labour