Kelly enters race for Labour deputy leadership

Junior minister Alan Kelly has confirmed that he is running for deputy leader of the Labour Party.

The Tipperary TD is the first member of the party to confirm plans to run for the post.

Michael McCarthy is expected to declare his interest in the job later today, while Dominic Hannigan and Arthur Spring are also considering a run.

He is being supported by Ann Phelan, who is also supporting Joan Burton for leader - but Minister Kelly kept his options open when asked who he would prefer to see as leader.

"I have to say this I believe that Joan Burton would make a fantastic leader of the party," he said.

"Alex White has huge capabilities and he's a good friend and colleague of mine, and has been since we were senators in 2007 on."

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