Born in County Galway, Gilmore graduated from University College Galway, becoming President of the Union of Students in Ireland, and later a trade unionorganiser, 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.
Early life and career
Gilmore was born in Caltra, County Galway in 1955 into a small farming family. When he was 14 months old his father died leaving his mother to run the mixed farm and raise Gilmore and his younger brother John.<ref... Read More