Four candidates will contest for the leadership of the Fianna Fail Party after the deadline for nominations passed at 1pm today.
Former Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin is favourite to succeed Brian Cowen as the party’s eighth leader.
Mr Martin will be proposed by Dara Calleary and seconded by Aine Brady.
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan will also bid to lead Fianna Fail into the General Election.
Mr Lenihan will be proposed by Sean Connick and seconded by Thomas Byrne.
Mary Hanafin, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, is the only female candidate in the leadership race.
Pat Carey and Máire Hoctor will propose and second Ms Hanafin.
Minister for Social Protection Eamon O Cuiv completes the line-up.
Mr O Cuiv will be proposed by Eamon Scanlon and seconded by Micheal Kitt.
A special meeting of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party will be convened at 2.00pm on Wednesday January 26th in Leinster House when the new leader will be chosen.