FORMER Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore has announced he will not seek to run in the next General Election.
Mr Gilmore said it has been an honour to represent the people of Dun Laoghaire in South Dublin for 30 years.
He thanked his constituency supporters, parliamentary colleagues and family for their support and friendship throughout his long career.
He said he will continue to contribute to public life and the Labour Party.
Mr Gilmore led the party to its most successful general election result in 2011 before resigning last summer after a disastrous local election campaign.
In a statement this evening, he said: “I have today informed party leader Joan Burton that I am not seeking a nomination as a candidate for the next General Election.”
Mr Gilmore added: “I wish to thank the members of the Labour Party in Dun Laoghaire for their continued support and friendship, and the staff with whom I have worked for their loyalty and hard work. I also wish to acknowledge my Parliamentary colleagues in the Labour Party, and from across the political spectrum, for their work in the public interest.
Above all, I wish to thank my wife Carol and our children Grainne, Oisin and Sean for their love and comfort through all the challenges of my public life. And I want to thank too our extended family, and our personal friends who were always there for us.
I look forward to continuing to contribute to public life and the Labour Party.”