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Brendan Howlin elected as new Irish Labour Party leader

Brendan Howlin

Brendan Howlin has been elected unopposed as the new leader of the Irish Labour Party.

He replaces Joan Burton, who stepped down after the party suffered major losses in February's general election.

The party's deputy leader Alan Kelly failed to secure the necessary support to contest a leadership battle.

The new leader served as public expenditure minister in the last government, in which the Labour Party was a junior partner with Fine Gael.

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