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Meet the new boss

Here's how Labour will select their new leaders

We should have a new Labour leader and deputy leader by 4 July, all going well.

IN LIGHT OF the resignation of Labour leader Eamon Gilmore, the search for a new leader – and deputy leader- is already under way.

Early betting suggests that current deputy leader Joan Burton is in pole position, being a 1/3 favourite, followed by ministers Brendan Howlin and Alan Kelly at 9/4.

Ita McAuliffe, the Labour Party general secretary has already notified members that an election will take place.

Here’s how it will go:

  • Nominations for both positions open tomorrow and close at midday on 3 June. 
  • If a ballot is required, postal ballots will be issued on 9 June, to be returned by midday on 4 July.
  • A count would be held immediately thereafter.


The party’s legal advisor will be the Returning Officer and their accountants will act as independent observers.

It is expected that a new leader will be elected on 4 July.

Read: Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leader

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