Labour members elect SIPTU official Lorraine Mulligan as their new chairperson
Labour members have voted to elect SIPTU official Lorraine Mulligan as their new chairperson.
It is a boost for Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore because the rival candidate, former general secretary Ray Kavanagh, was seen as having the potential to cause him more problems.
A Labour spokesman confirmed that Ms Mulligan had won the vote - but did not reveal the scale of her victory over Mr Kavanagh at the annual conference in Killarney.
Ms Mulligan had strong support from SIPTU members of Labour, given her role as a research officer with the Liberty Hall-based union. She also had the support of Labour Women and was seen to have performed well.
She was previously vice-chair of Labour but took over as chair since taking over after the resignation of rebel Labour chairman Colm Keaveney last summer.