Genuine affection on menu for dinner with staff
Mr Gilmore arrived for dinner with a group of around eight people, believed to be members of staff.
The Foreign Affairs Minister looked happy and relaxed as the group enjoyed dinner at the Leeson Street brasserie, much to the interest of fellow diners.
At the end of his meal, at around 9.15pm, Mr Gilmore stood up to leave, but was stopped in his tracks by fellow diners who came over to offer their commiserations to the former Labour boss.
A diner told the Irish Independent that the Labour Party stalwart appeared to be "bowled over" with the spontaneous show of support.
"It was actually quite a scene," said the witness.
"Mr Gilmore had just finished dining, and was getting up to leave.Many of those who were dining on other tables also stood up, left their places and walked over to shake his hand and to thank him, for what they believed was a job well done. He looked very appreciative, delighted in fact, by the reaction.
"His whole attitude throughout, not to mention the spontaneous burst of affection from complete strangers, was something to behold. It did give the impression that this was in fact a genuinely nice guy."