Eamon Gilmore was elected Deputy Prime Minister (Tánaiste) of Ireland in March 2011. He also serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and has been the Leader of the Labour Party since September 2007. Under Gilmore’s leadership in the 2011 election, the Labour Party had its best performance in its 99-year history, securing 37 seats, and emerging as the second largest party in Ireland.
Deputy Prime Minister Gilmore’s political career spans back to 1985, when he was elected to the Dublin County Council. He was elected to the Dáil Éireann in 1989, for the people of the Dún Laoghaire Constituency. He was consecutively reelected in the 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007 general elections. Gilmore was the youngest elected leader of the Union of Students in Ireland when he became President at the age of 20.