Thursday February 20, 2020

Minimum wage: rise was a result of political need

The rise in the minimum wage is born of Labour’s political weakness, not economics

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

26th July, 2015
From left: Dónal de Buitléir, chairman of the Low Pay Commission; Tánaiste Joan Burton; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; jobs minister Richard Bruton; and small business minister Ged Nash at the launch of the commission’s recommendations in Dublin last week. Picture:

The forthcoming 50 cent rise in the minimum wage has its roots in the resignation of Eamon Gilmore as Labour leader after the party’s losses in the local and European elections.

Joan Burton and her team of advisers quickly began working on a set of proposals aimed at boosting Labour’s fortunes, and one of the key ones was to get the government to agree to an increase in the minimum wage.


Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The narrative of the Sinn Féin surge suggests that politics in Ireland is becoming more polarised like in the US and Britain, but the reality is far more complex

Colin Murphy | 4 days ago

Bank chief McDonagh says move would create better work environment for young parents and people with caring responsibilities

Killian Woods | 4 days ago

Despite a belated show of independence, the US attorney general has been a willing pawn in Trump’s interference in criminal investigations being carried out by the Department of Justice

Marion McKeone | 4 days ago