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Saturday 23 August 2014

Tallies show Joan Burton will become new Labour leader

Boxes show Burton outpolling White 3:1

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 04/07/2014 | 13:12

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Votes are counted in the Labour Leadership Elections at the round room in the Mansion House. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 4/7/2014
Votes are counted in the Labour leadership elections in the Mansion House. Photo: Damien Eagers
Joan Burton
Votes are counted in the Labour Leadership Elections at the round room in the Mansion House. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 4/7/2014
Votes are counted in the Labour leadership elections at the round room in the Mansion House. Photo: Damien Eagers

JOAN Burton is to be comfortably elected the new leader of the Labour Party.

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Early tallies from the count centre show Ms Burton to be strongly outpolling her rival Alex White.

There is a hive of activity in the Mansion House in Dublin City Centre as Labour members gather ahead of the election result.

The counting of the votes got underway just after 12.30pm with initial tallies showing clearly that a Burton victory is on the cards.

The Social Protection Minister is expected to speak to Taoiseach Enda Kenny tonight about agreeing a revised Programme for Government.

The cabinet reshuffle will also be discussed when the pair meet formally on Monday.

Speaking this morning ahead of the result, Ms Burton refused to rule out the prospect of appointing Labour senators to junior or senior cabinet posts.

There is speculation in both Labour and Fine Gael circles that senator Ivana Bacik may be given a ministerial position.

In relation to the budget, Ms Burton said the adjustment will be "significantly less" than the €2bn figure set by the Troika.

The Dublin West TD also confirmed she wants to introduce a living wage - which has been ruled out by Fine Gael Ministers.

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