Gilmore will not stand in next General Election

Former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore will not seek the Labour nomination to stand at the next General Election.

"I have today informed party leader Joan Burton that I am not seeking a nomination as a candidate for the next General Election," he said in a statement.

"It has been an honour to represent the people of Dun Laoghaire for the past 30 years and I am also informing members of the Labour Party, in my constituency of my decision.

"I wish to thank the members of the Labour Party in Dun Laoghaire for their continued support and friendship, and the staff with whom I have worked for their loyalty and hard work.

"I also wish to acknowledge my Parliamentary colleagues in the Labour Party, and from across the political spectrum, for their work in the public interest.

"Above all, I wish to thank my wife Carol and our children Grainne, Oisin and Sean for their love and comfort through all the challenges of my public life. And I want to thank too our extended family, and our personal friends who were always there for us.

"I look forward to continuing to contribute to public life and the Labour Party."

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