Elections Live

All the latest on the Labour leadership contest, post-election news and more

David Cochrane Wed, May 28
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  • 09:27
    A dramatic eight count in Ireland Midlands North West last night resulted in a razor-thin gap of 275 votes between Independent MEP Marian Harkin and Fianna Fáil MEP Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher. Harkin and Gallagher are battling it out for the last of four seats in the coast-to-coast constituency. This is the last remaining unfilled seat in from Friday's elections. A full recount is due to begin this morning at 10am.

    But when will we know the result? Markin Harkin, interviewed last night said that she didn't believe the result would be known today, saying that she expected a result most likely tomorrow (Thursday).

    However, Harry McGee reports this morning that the result might now be known until this weekend.
  • 09:32

    We'll continue to bring updates from Midlands North West throughout the day.


  • 09:32

    And whilst we may be waiting until this weekend for the final result in Midlands North West, we'll be waiting until Tuesday to see which Labour TDs have put themselves forward as a candidate for Leader of the Party. Nominations are open until Tuesday with ballot papers sent out to party members on June 9th.

    Irish Times Political Editor Stephen Collins reports this morning that Deputy Leader  Joan Burton will today announce her candidacy for the leaderhsip.

  • 10:20

    On the Labour leadership, the issue of age is one that has reared it's old head as calls have been made by some in Labour for the next generation to take over, resulting in some tensions between the old guard, and (let's be a bit realistic here) the slightly less old.

    Labour tensions over party age profile

    Funnily enough, I'm pretty sure I heard RTÉ yesterday discount Alex White's prospects as Labour leader because he was relatively young. He's 55. That's four years younger than Gilmore.

  • 10:37

    Meanwhile, it looks like Dominic Hannigan has adopted a sorched-earth approach to campaigning for a leaderhsip position by calling on the entire Labour front bench to resign.

    Speaking on Morning Ireland earlier Hannigan said the party should look to the next generation of TDs. Hannigan pointed to TDs like Gerald Nash and Alex White as possible leaders.

    Alex White is 55, four years younger than Gilmore.

    >  Labour TD says entire front bench should step down

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    The Irish Times has named the finalists for the title of Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland.

    They are:

    • Claire Island, Co. Mayo
    • Erris Region, Co. Mayo
    • The Beara Peninsula, Cos Cork and Kerry
    • Donegal Coast from Killybegs to Ardara
    • The Fermanagh lakelands
    You can find out more about the shortlist here.
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    Our video reporter getting down to Beesness...
  • 14:30
    The Irish Banking Federation are warning that that Dublin property market is at risk of overheating. The report says that previous predictions that property prices would increase by 20% over the next five years was "conservative".

    The report comes on news that property prices have increased 17.7% in the past year.
  • 14:51

    Joan Burton us currently on the plinth of Leinster House announcing her candidacy for the leadership of the Labour Party.

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  • 15:11
    Here's the full text of Joan Burton's statement announcing her candidacy for the leadership of the Labour Party.
  • 15:21


    Today I am declaring my candidacy for the leadership of the Labour Party. I would like to thank my proposer Deputy Ann Phelan and my seconder Deputy Eamonn Moloney as well as colleagues and supporters from the whole Labour family who are with me here today.

    I would particularly like to thank Eamon Gilmore for his unstinting service and commitment to both the party and the country, and to state my respect for the dignified manner in which he has ensured stability of Government while his successor is elected.

    Last weekend was an extremely difficult one for Labour. The voters are unhappy with our performance in Government.

    People are not yet feeling the economic recovery that has just begun - in their personal lives, their families and their communities.

    Too many people are still hurting six years after the worst economic crash in our country’s history.

    We have fallen short in giving our society the care and repair it so badly needs.

    I believe that people acknowledge the work that Labour has done in Government to restore financial stability and ensure that the economy as a whole recovers.

    But people want to know when their own finances will repair and start to grow again and when their communities will recover.

    That is why it is essential that the next step of Ireland’s journey is to build a social and economic recovery – from the middle out, rather than the top down.

    A recovery that gets more people back to work, that raises living standards, that builds affordable and social housing and new schools and invests in health.

    I said last year that we have reached the limits of austerity as the main tool of economic policy. That view is now held generally both here and internationally. Last night, the Governor of the Bank of England remarked that prosperity requires investment in social capital to row back on the extremes of inequality that blight modern societies.

    We have concentrated on economic repair up to now. Now is time for an equal emphasis on social repair. Global bodies such as the IMF now recognise this and I am confident that we can command wide support throughout Europe for policies that emphasise social as much as economic repair.

    I am equally confident that our Government partners recognise this and I am determined to work together with them to ensure that the recovery is shared fairly and felt in people’s daily lives.

    I want to lead the Labour Party to its own recovery as an equal and active partner for the full remaining term of this Government and to secure enough representation in the subsequent general election to enable us to form part of the next Government.

    I am a longstanding and proud Labour Party member, and I know that core Labour values will be the foundation stones of the social recovery.

    Core values such as freedom – freedom from poverty, homelessness and unemployment. And that no person should be victimised because of their class, colour, creed, or sexual orientation.

    Core values such as equality – ensuring that a renewed prosperity is shared by all, rather than subsidising the rich. And to ensure equal rights from the workplace to the wedding ceremony.

    Core values such as community – that together, we are stronger than the sum of our parts. And through communities, clubs and unions, the power of the collective protects the rights of the individual.

    These are Labour’s values, these are my values, and these are the values I believe are essential to building a true social and economic recovery in Ireland.

    I want to drive that recovery, and that is why I want to be the leader of the Labour Party.

  • 17:12

    10 more years!? 10 more years!?

  • 17:31

    We're going to wrap up here with some very good weather news for this coming weekend.