Two nominees named in the race for Labour leadership

Image caption The leadership contest will be decided on 4 July

Two leading politicians are to compete to become the new leader of the Irish Labour Party.

The position was vacated when the former leader, Eamon Gilmore, resigned, following disastrous results in May's elections.

The nominees for leadership are Joan Burton and Alex White.

Image caption Joan Burton is the current deputy leader of the Labour Party in Ireland

Nominations closed at midday on Tuesday and party members will vote by post before 4 July, when the votes will be counted.

Joan Burton, the minister for social protection and the parliamentary representative (TD) for Dublin West, is the current deputy leader of the Labour Party and is one of the nominees for the leadership.

The other nominee is Alex White, the TD for Dublin South and minister of state at the Department of Health.

Image caption Alex White holds a ministerial position at the Department of Health

Deputy leader

There are four nominees for the deputy leader post.

They are Ciara Conway, the vice chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, Children and Youth Affairs; Alan Kelly, the minister of state for transport; Michael McCarthy, the chairman of the environment committee; and Seán Sherlock, the minister of state for research and innovation.

The former leader Eamon Gilmore, who is the deputy prime minister (tánaiste), resigned last week after disastrous election results for Labour.

He was also facing a no confidence motion from within the party.

Mr Gilmore will remain in his role as tánaiste until a new leader is appointed on 4 July.

Labour secured 19% of the vote in the 2011 general election - their share fell to 7% in the local and European elections of May 2014.

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