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What next for Labour rebel?

SHE once had her sights firmly on a senior ministerial portfolio but today Roisin Shortall finds herself relegated to the backbenches.

She has effectively consigned herself to life "as a rebel" for Eamon Gilmore's tenure as party leader.

The 58-year-old politician is now effectively a Labour party outcast.

All eyes will immediately focus on how she will react to next December's Budget.

Is she prepared to go totally rogue and vote against the Government on the biggest day of the Dail year?