Taoiseach confirms Joan Burton is Ireland's new Tanaiste
Published 04/07/2014 | 16:10
New Labour leader Joan Burton has made "no commitment" to any of her party colleagues regarding a place at cabinet.
The Dublin West TD today romped home in the leadership contest as three out of four labour members supported her bid. She secured 77.5pc of the vote and has now been formally endorsed as Labour leader.
Her competitor Alex White admitted that today is "Joan's day" as he entered the count centre.
He said he phoned Ms Burton this afternoon and congratulated her on becoming the new Labour leader.
However, Mr White's portion of the overall vote means he is in no way guaranteed a place at the cabinet table.
Ms Burton refused to say whether she will promote the junior health minister and said the make-up of the new cabinet will be discussed with the Taoiseach over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Eamon Gilmore today again refused to rule himself out of the EU Commissionership.
The issue of who becomes the next Commissioner is expected to be discussed by the Taoiseach and Ms Burton on Monday.