White confirms bid for Labour leadership

The junior health minister Alex White has confirmed he will run for the leadership of the Labour Party.

He will face off against Joan Burton, while a series of other TDs are still considering running for the position of deputy leader.

Alex White addressed the media on the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin, the newest bridge in the capital.

Attending with Mr White at his speech today were Labour deputies Ciara Conway, Derek Nolan, Michael McNamara and Senator John Gilroy.

The Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn was also in attendance.

He told reporters that Labour values are as relevant today as ever, but that these must be re-tuned.

"We have an opportunity now to address the deep crisis for our party, energetically and openly," he said.

"My task - our task - is to make the Labour Party, the party of social democracy, relevant again both to its core constituency and to the people of Ireland."

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