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Eamon Gilmore

Eamon Gilmore
Personal data
Date of birth24 April 1955(age 62)
Place of birthCaltra, County Galway, Ireland
Political partyLabour Party
Other partyWorkers' Party of Ireland (1975-1992)
Democratic Left (1992 1999)
SpouseCarol Hanney
Alma materUniversity College, Galway
Assumed office9 March 2011
Preceded byMary Coughlan
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Assumed office9 March 2011
Preceded byBrian Cowen (Foreign Affairs)
Mary Hanafin (Enterprise, Trade and Innovation)
Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office6 September 2007
DeputyJoan Burton
Preceded byPat Rabbitte
Minister of State at the Department of the Marine
In office20 December 1994 - 26 June 1997
Succeeded byHugh Byrne
Preceded byGerry O'Sullivan
Teachta Dála
Assumed officeJune 1989
ConstituencyDún Laoghaire

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Eamon Gilmore (born 24 April 1955) is an Irish Labour Party politician and the current Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Government of the 31st Dáil. He is also the current Leader of the Labour Party. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dún Laoghaire constituency since 1989, first with the Workers' Party of Ireland, and later with the Democratic Left, until the latter party merged with Labour. He served as a Minister of State at the Department for the Marine from 1994 until 1997 as part of the "Rainbow Coalition" during the Government of the 27th Dáil.

Born in County Galway, Gilmore graduated from University College Galway, becoming President of the Union of Students in Ireland, and later a trade union organiser, before entering local politics. As a Democratic Left TD, he was central in negotiating that party's merge with Labour. He was beaten by fellow former Democratic Left TD, Pat Rabbitte, in Labour's 2002 leadership election, and was instead appointed as the party's Environment, Housing and Local Government spokesperson. He eventually succeeded Rabbitte, being elected unopposed to the leadership in 2007.

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