He previously served as Minister of State to the Government 1994 -1997 and as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Commerce, Science and Technology.
Minister Rabbitte has served as a T.D. for the constituency of Dublin South West since he was elected to Dáil Eireann in 1989. He has served in a number of different portfolios in opposition and was Justice Spokesperson in the last Dáil. He was the Dáil’s longest serving member of the Public Accounts Committee.
He was Leader of the Labour Party from 2002 to 2007.