Deadline passes for Labour leadership applications

Two people have put themselves forward to be the new leader of the Labour Party.

Nominations closed at 12pm with the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton and Junior Health Minister Alex White both declaring.

The contest for the deputy leadership is a four-way race.

Junior Ministers Alan Kelly and Sean Sherlock as well as TDs Michael McCarthy and Ciara Conway have put their names forward.

Postal ballot papers will be issued on Monday June 9 and will must be returned by 12pm on Friday July 4.

The count will take place immediately afterwards.

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