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Full interview

VIDEO: Gilmore on whether he still wants to be Taoiseach, running in 2016 and the reshuffle

Watch our full, wide-ranging interview with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at TheJournal.ie’s offices yesterday.

Updated 11pm

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Camera: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie

THE IRONY WASN’T lost on Eamon Gilmore as he arrived at TheJournal.ie offices in central Dublin yesterday for this was the exact same building and floor where Labour had its election headquarters in 2011.

This was the floor where Gilmore had spoken of ‘Frankfurt’s way or Labour’s way’ and where they dreamed and spoke of ‘Gilmore for Taoiseach’. They even printed the posters and mugs to go along with that pipe dream.

Sitting in what has been our offices for the past year, Gilmore spoke about that ambition to be Taoiseach and much more in a wide-ranging interview yesterday afternoon.

He admitted it had been a bad couple of months for the government but was in bullish mood about Labour’s election prospects. He also dealt with THAT water charges leaflet.

A Cabinet reshuffle “is something that hasn’t been given any consideration yet” and he would not be drawn on whether it is time to give fresh blood a chance in the Labour ministerial ranks.

A move from the Department of Foreign Affairs? That’s something those in his party, including chairman Jack Wall, increasingly want but the Tánaiste himself isn’t bothered about.

He will run again in 2016, and thinks the election will look after itself, concluding: “I believe that by doing the right thing for our country and for our people elections look after themselves eventually.”

Watch the full interview above 

- First published 1.05pm

More: Gilmore on THAT water charges leaflet: ‘What I was against then is what I’m against now’

Eamon Gilmore: ‘I think we’ve had a bad couple of months’

Read: Will Eamon Gilmore move from Foreign Affairs? ‘It’s a matter for himself’ says Ferris

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