John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara (40) has demanded an immediate alteration of the party frontbench age profile. “There has to be a change - not just rearranging the deck chairs - a fundamental change in generation of the leadership of the Labour Party and also its focus and directio.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The call for a “fundamental change in generation” of the Labour Party leadership has evaporated pretty quickly. Last week, one of the “gang of eight” (...)

Minister of State Alex White (centre) and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right) are the only contenders yet to announce that they want to succeed Eamon Gilmore (left) as Labour leader. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Kerry TD Arthur Spring has confirmed he will not be entering the contest for the leadership of the Labour Party.Mr Spring said he will, instead, be ba(...)

Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore speaking on his resignation as Labour Party leader, at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eamon Gilmore’s decision to resign as Labour Party leader has triggered a leadership race with a raft of early hopefuls, but has also raised serious d(...)

 Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Eamon Gilmore at the announcement of his resignation yesterday: his successor will be under extreme pressure to rebuild a battered party. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Coalition faces a prolonged period of uncertainty after Eamon Gilmore’s abrupt resignation. In question for weeks to come is whether Labour will e(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton arrives at Iveagh House, Dublin, yesterday prior to the announcement of Eamon Gilmore’s resignation as Labour Party leader. Photograph: Eric Luke

The majority of Labour Party TDs are reserving their positions on who to support in the leadership race until all candidates have declared.However, M(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin ran twice for the leadership previously but was defeated by Ruairí Quinn and by Pat Rabbitte. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Labour Party was an early adopter of the one-member one-vote system and it is the ordinary members of the party, not its parliamentarians, who wil(...)

Eamon Gilmore speaking at a press conference in Iveagh House, Dublin, this afternoon, during which he announced his resignation as Labour Party leader: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:58

Eamon Gilmore has announced his resignation as Labour leader in the wake of huge losses for his party at the local and European elections. Mr Gilmore,(...)

 Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore with European election candidate Emer Costello:  the party’s candidates are beaten dockets in the three Euro constituencies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There’s no glossing over the fact that this has been a terrible election for Labour. It has taken a drubbing almost comparable to that taken by Fianna(...)