News Room – Media Clips

Interview with Sean O’Rourke

19/06/2014 – On Friday I was interviewed by Sean O’Rourke regarding the Labour leadership and much more.

RTE’s The Week in Politics

15/06/2014 –I was on RTE’s The Week in Politics  alongside Ruth Coppinger TD and Senator Marc Mac Sharry. We debated a range of issues including the banking inquiry, corporation tax and the health budget. You can have a look back
Watch RTE’s The Week in Politics

Prime Time Leadership Debate

15/06/2014 – For those of you who were watching the World Cup, feel free to look back at the Labour Party Leadership debate on Prime Time
Watch the Prime Time Leadership Debate

Ireland AM Interview

11/06/2014 – I was on Ireland AM bright and early. Feel free to click on the link below to see the interview which covered a range of topics including my campaign for Labour Party Leader.
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Late Debate

11/06/2014 – Feel free to listen to the Late Debate on RTÉ Radio 1 where I discussed my candidacy for the Labour leadership.

Newstalk Breakfast Interview

2/06/2014 – I was interviewed by Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue on Newstalk 106-108 fm. As you can imagine it was a broad-ranging and lively conversation. Feel free to listen back to the interview where I outline my vision for the Labour Party as well as my views on pressing issues facing our state today. Click here to listen back.

Interview with Ray D’Arcy, Today FM

24/02/2014 -Have a listen to Alex’s interview with Ray D’Arcy where a range of issues related to health were explored including free GP care for under 6s, universal health insurance, alcohol and much more. You can find the interview in full here.

The Week in Politics

23/02/2014 -Alex White spoke about the GSOC affair and Universal Health Insurance with Clare Daly TD (Independent Socialist) and Senator Thomas Byrne (Fianna Fail.) You can watch the programme in full on RTE Player
Watch This episode here.

RTE: Today with Sean O’Rourke Interview

27/11/2013 -Have a listen to the interview in full. I discussed free GP care for all children aged 5 and under.
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Breakingnews.ie: Over half of Irish population drink in ‘high-risk’ manner

20/11/2013 -More than half of the Irish population drinks in a high-risk manner, according to Alcohol Action Ireland.

The organisation is holding a major conference in Dublin today to examine our harmful relationship with drinking.

Entitled ‘Facing ‘The Fear’: Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland’, the conference is taking place at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St.

The conference has been opened by Minister Alex White, who recently brought forward a range of measures to deal with alcohol misuse and its related harms, which will be included in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.

You can read the article in full here.

Minimum alcohol pricing ‘by mid-2014’

20/11/2013 -The Irish Examiner covers the launch by Alex White of a conference on alcohol and its affect on mental health. You can read the article here.

RTE: Maia Dunphy’s What Women Want Documentary on Benzodiazepines

8/10/2013
8/10/2013 – In Maia Dunphy’s RTE Documentary ‘What Women Want’ she explored increased benzodiazepine use amongst women in Ireland. She interviewed me as part of her documentary which you can watch on RTE Player here. 

RTE Morning Ireland: Seanad Debate

2/10/2013 -Alex spoke on Morning Ireland this morning where he advocated a YES vote tomorrow in the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad. Debating against Alex was Senator John Crown. You can listen to the debate in full here.

RTE: The Late Debate

Feel free to have a listen to Alex debating the abolition of the Seanad with Martina Devlin, columnist with the Irish Independent, Dara Calleary TD for Fianna Fail and Donncha O’Connell, Prof. of Law at NUIG . You can listen to the debate in full here.

The Journal.ie Column: The Seanad gives a false comfort to those seeking proper checks and balances

NOBODY IS CALLING for the retention of the Seanad in its current form. So rather than asking why we should abolish the Seanad, the question should be: what is the justification for having a second chamber in the first place? We should refuse to simply accept that the Seanad should continue in existence just for the sake of it.

RTE: Saturday with Claire Byrne

27/09/2013 -You can have a listen to Alex advocating a YES vote in the upcoming referenda on the Abolition of the Seanad and the establishment of a Court of Appeal. He spoke on the show with Senator Katherine Zappone, Billy Timmins TD and Pearse Doherty TD.

TV3: Ireland AM – Alex discusses the Labour Party stance on the upcoming Seanad Referendum

15/09/2013 -You can see the video in full here. 

Irish Times: No plausible case made for a second chamber

12/09/2013 –Irish Times Op-Ed
It is telling that there are no voices calling for retention of the Senate in its current form. Even those who say we should keep the Senate appear to accept that it is fundamentally flawed, forcing them to ground their campaign on contradictory, and largely unworkable proposals for “reform”

RTE Nine News

10/09/2013 – RTE News covered Labour’s launch of its referendum campaign to abolish the Seanad. Alex White will be Labour’s Director of Elections and you can see him speaking at the launch here at the 13 minute mark.

RTE Drivetime – Seanad Abolition

10/09/2013 –Irish Times Op-Ed
Have a listen to Alex advocating a yes vote in the forthcoming referendum to abolish the Seanad. You can listen to the interview in full here at the 1hr 16 min mark here. 

Irish Independent: We can’t let zero contract trends undermine spirit of 1913 Lockout

28/08/2013 –OpEd by Alex White TD 

One hundred years ago this week, the 1913 Lockout began – a titanic struggle between capital and labour; class and power. Many in Dublin lived in squalor in tenement city slums. Work was often of a casual nature, doled out on a daily basis and given to those willing to work for the lowest wage. For those in steady employment there was little to protect their basic rights.

Irish Independent: Free GP care for children ‘likely to be in Budget’

26/08/2013 -by Caroline Crawford and Eilish O’Regan

PROPOSALS to give young children free GP care, regardless of the income of the parents, are likely to be included in the Budget.

It is unclear what age group of children would benefit at first. It would be next year before the relevant legislation would be passed.

Junior Health Minister Alex White confirmed that he “intends to bring proposals to Government” later this year but also suggested plans for the first rollout of free GP care may be included in the Budget as soon as October.

Mr White, who was addressing a nursing conference in Galway, said around €30m was available to the HSE for the plan – money which had been allocated for the first phase of GP care and has yet to be spent.

The article in full can be read here. 

RTE: The Week in Politics

6/07/2013 –

Alex is interviewed by Sean O’Rourke, alongside Barry Cowen TD of Fianna Fail and Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Fein on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Legislation and a Banking Inquiry. You can watch the programme in full here.

RTE Radio 1: Saturday with Claire Byrne

7/06/2013 –

Topics for discussion included the abolition of the Seanad and a banking inquiry.

Joining Alex on the panel were Niamh Lyons – Irish Daily Mail,  Mary Lou McDonald – Sinn Fein, Eamonn Ryan -Green Party, John McGuinness – Fianna Fail Carlow/Kilkenny and TCD Economist Constantin Gurdgiev.

You can listen to the programme and debate in full here.

Irish Times: No U-turn on free GP care from this administration

19/05/2013 –

Op-Ed By Alex White TD

Since I was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health last October, many have asked me whether I felt I had been handed a “poisoned chalice”, or indeed a “hospital pass”?

A previous minister for health is said to have referred to his department as “Angola”, on the basis that it was filled with unexploded landmines.

RTE News: Minister Alex White Insists Government still Committed to Universal Free GP Care

13/05/2013 –

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White has told a doctors’ conference in Galway that the Government is committed to free GP care.

During an address at the annual conference of the Irish College of General Practitioners, Mr White said there will be clarity on the plan within six weeks.

The article in full and video coverage can be found here.

Saturday with Claire Byrne

3/05/2013 – Topics for discussion today included: Legislating for the X Case, Unemployment Figures and Sean Dunne’s Bankruptcy.

Alex was on the panel alongside Alison O’Connor – Political Commentator, Breda O’Brien – teacher and journalist, Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fail, Liam Delaney of the University of Sterling and Community Activist – Mick Rafferty.

You can listen to the programme in full here.

Alex’s Reviews from The View

17/05/2011 – Watch Alex on RTE’s The View, along with Peter Murphy and Sinead Gleeson as they reviewed, movies – Win-Win and Julia’s Eyes, Anne Enright’s latest novel ‘The Forgotten Waltz’ and Rona Munro’s ‘Iron’ currently playing at The Complex, Smithfield.

Tonight with Vincent Browne :: TV3

22/09/2010 – Alex was part of the panel to discuss the results of a Millward Brown/TV3 poll.

Alex’s Reviews from The View

17/05/2011 – Watch Alex on RTE’s The View, along with Peter Murphy and Sinead Gleeson as they reviewed, movies – Win-Win and Julia’s Eyes, Anne Enright’s latest novel ‘The Forgotten Waltz’ and Rona Munro’s ‘Iron’ currently playing at The Complex, Smithfield.

Tonight with Vincent Browne :: TV3

22/09/2010 – Alex was part of the panel to discuss the results of a Millward Brown/TV3 poll.

The Dunphy Show :: Newstalk

18/09/2010 -Alex was on the panel for the Sunday morning programme along with Minister of State, Conor Lenihan, Ger Colleran, editor of The Star and Jennifer O’Connell, editor of thejournal.ie

Tonight with Vincent Browne :: TV3

15/08/2010 – Alex was on the panel with Brian Hayes TD and Thomas Byrne TD to discuss what Fine Gael and Labour would do differently in government.

Senator warns journalists not to be friends with politicians: The Irish Times

10/08/2010 -Alex addressing the Parnell Summer School, Co. Wicklow on ‘Reporting Irish Politics’

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Sam Smyth on Sunday :: Today FM

19/06/2010 – Alex was on the panel along with Mairead McGuinness MEP and Minister of State, Conor Lenihan.

The Week in Politics :: RTE

19/06/2010 – Alex was on the panel with Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney to discuss the events of the week including the attempted Fine Gael leadership heave and the banking crisis.

My Holidays: The Irish Times

11/06/2010 -Alex talks about his best and worst family holiday experiences with The Irish Times.