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New Labour leader must have courage to drag the party out of its comfort zone

Published 27/05/2014 | 02:30

Joan Burton may be in the running to take the top job. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Joan Burton may be in the running to take the top job. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Alan Kelly: also in the running. Photo: Tom Burke

As Eamon Gilmore joins the two other former party leaders in the parliamentary party ranks, Labour has a date with fate.

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The new Labour leader is to be picked by July 4 and the focus will switch to the party's 5,000 members, each of whom will have an equal say in that choice.

The names of at least some potential successors were on the corridors of Leinster House within an hour last night.

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