Kelly puts his name forward for Labour role

Labour's Alan Kelly has confirmed he will be in the running for a leadership role in the party.

Nominations to succeed Eamon Gilmore who resigned as leader yesterday opened today and a new leader will be announced on July 4.

Mr Kelly has said that he has not yet decided if he will go for the leadership position or run for the deputy leader job.

Saying he needs time to meet his parliamentary party colleagues before making a decision, he has claimed that he has a lot of support from around the country.

Meanwhile, the party's Chief Whip Emmett Stagg says Fine Gael should "mind their own business" about who may become the new leader of Labour.

Fine Gael sources are reported to have said that if front-runner, Joan Burton, succeeds in a leadership bid, then a General Election in the Autumn will happen, as she is unlikely to agree a budget.

Kildare North TD told Kfm Radio the election was "entirely a Labour Party matter" and "others should mind their own business".

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