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Eamon Gilmore TD

Assumed office 
6 September 2007
Preceded by Pat Rabbitte

Assumed office 
June 1989
Constituency Dún Laoghaire

Born 24 April 1955 (1955-04-24) (age 54)
Caltra, County Galway
Nationality Irish
Political party Labour Party
Alma mater University College Galway
Website Official website

Eamon Gilmore (born 24 April 1955) is an Irish politician and the current leader of the Labour Party. He is a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dún Laoghaire constituency.[1]

Born in Caltra, County Galway, he was educated at Garbally College, Ballinasloe and University College Galway (UCG). He served as President of UCG Students' Union from July 1974 to June 1975. From 1976 until 1978 he served as President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). He was one of a number of prominent USI figures who were associated at the time with Official Sinn Féin.

In 1985 he was elected to Dublin County Council. Gilmore was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1989 general election as a member of the Workers Party for the constituency of Dún Laoghaire, and has been re-elected at every subsequent general election.[2] In 1992 he joined with Proinsias De Rossa and five other Workers Party TDs in the creation of New Agenda which subsequently became Democratic Left, which eventually merged with the Labour Party in 1999. Between 1994 and 1997 Gilmore served as Minister of State at the Department of the Marine.

Following Pat Rabbitte's resignation as party leader in August 2007, Gilmore announced his candidacy for the leadership. He received support from senior figures such as Michael D. Higgins, Ruairi Quinn, Willie Penrose, Liz McManus and Emmet Stagg, and did not have to contest a ballot, being formally confirmed as leader on 6 September after being the only declared candidate.[3]


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Preceded by
Barry Desmond
(Labour Party)
Workers Party Teachta Dála for Dún Laoghaire
Succeeded by
as Democratic Left TD
Preceded by
as Workers Party TD
Democratic Left Teachta Dála for Dún Laoghaire
Succeeded by
as Labour Party TD
Preceded by
as Democratic Left TD
Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dún Laoghaire
Political offices
Preceded by
New office
Minister of State at the Department of the Marine
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pat Rabbitte
Leader of the Labour Party

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