Party needs 'generational shift' says Labour TD

As nominations open for the job of Labour leader, one backbencher has outlined for the need for a "generational shift" to revitalise the party.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is said to be the frontrunner, with Brendan Howlin and Alex White also expected to be in the mix.

Meath East TD Dominic Hannigan was amongst a group of parliamentary members who met yesterday planning to "create a vacancy" at the top of the party.

They were planning a no-confidence motion but Eamon Gilmore resigned before it was submitted.

Deputy Hannigan says his replacement could well come from the younger Labour ranks.

"I wouldn't be surprised if you see the main candidates coming from that group," he said.

"Don't be under any illusions about the generational shift that we need to see in the party to make sure we revitalised our membership and renew our sense of purpose."

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