Coalition to meet as Labour begins search for new leader

Eamon Gilmore's resignation as Labour leader is likely to be the main talking point at this morning’s Cabinet meeting.

Fine Gael members of Cabinet will have the chance to ask Eamon Gilmore and his Labour ministers about the impact of his decision when they meet at Government Buildings.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has already emerged as the frontrunner for the party leadership - and is known to have contacted Labour TDs seeking their support just hours after Mr Gilmore’s announcement.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and Junior Health Minister Alex White are also thought to be considering whether to contest July’s leadership vote.

However, the main question for Fine Gael ministers will be over the stability of the Coalition - and how to refocus both parties as they look to bounce back from poor performances in the local and European elections.

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