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Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Arthur Spring takes part in the Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin in 2012.
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Any more hats for the ring? Labour leadership nominations close at midday

There had been speculation that Kerry North TD Arthur Spring was to announce his candidacy but he has reportedly backed Joan Burton.

IF THERE ARE anymore hats to be thrown in the ring for the Labour leadership roles they better make their intentions known by midday.

The deadline for Labour Party leader and deputy leader nominations close at noon today.

So far, there are two candidates who want to be the next Labour Party leader – Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton and Junior Minister for Health Alex White.

For the deputy leader role, there are a number of candidates that have put themselves forward for the role.


The latest candidate to show an interest was the Vice Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, Children and Youth Affairs Ciara Conway, who announced she was running yesterday.

The other candidates who would like to take Burton’s seat are the Environment Committee Chairman Michael McCarthy; Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly and Minister of State for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock.

There had been speculation that Kerry North TD Arthur Spring was to announce his candidacy for the Labour leadership today, however, RTÉ reports that Spring has said he will endorse Joan Burton’s candidacy for the Labour leadership.

Read: Another Labour TD wants to be the party’s deputy leader – but doesn’t want to be a minister>

Read: Just how toxic is the Labour party?*>

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