Alex White grew up in Marino, Dublin as the eldest of seven children. His late father, who died in 1979 worked as a train driver at CIE. His mother was born and reared in rural Sligo. Alex was educated at Chanel College Coolock and studied Economic and Social Studies at Trinity College Dublin, where he was President of the Students Union. He graduated from TCD in 1981, qualified from the Kings Inns in 1987 and was called to the Irish Bar in July of that year.
Between 1984 and 1994 Alex White was a current affairs producer with RTE
Alex has been a leading practitioner in employment and labour law since 1994. He was called to the Inner Bar in 2010.
He was elected to South Dublin County Council in 2004. He was elected a TD in the 2011 general election and was appointed as Minister of State in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed Minister for Comms, Energy and Natural Resources.
My Priorities & Ideas
Even apart from Brexit, this period is one of immense insecurity for many people. There are big changes happening in the world of work, associated with rapid technological advances. There are insecurities arising from how our privacy is affected through the wholesale commercial capturing of our personal data. And there is an existential insecurity for our planet in the face of climate change, with an urgent need to plan for a just transition to a low-carbon world.
All generations have to face change and its impact. But the changes we are witnessing now are at a new level. They sometimes appear almost overwhelming in their magnitude. These new challenges can and must be confronted for the sake of this and future generations.
No country acting alone can hope to deal effectively with climate change, employee rights in the digital economy, or corporate tax justice.
These problems can only be solved through international solidarity and robust institutions that can legislate and regulate