Eamon Gilmore has been a TD for the Dun Laoghaire Constituency since 1989 and Leader of the Labour Party since September 2007. He is married with three children. Gilmore was born in Caltra, Co Galway. He studied Psychology in University College Galway and was elected President of UCG Students' Union.
After leaving college he became the youngest elected leader of the Union of Students in Ireland. Prior to establishing a career in politics he served as a trade union organiser. He was elected to Dun Laoghaire Borough Council and Dublin County Council in June 1985. Four years later he was elected to Dáil Éireann and has been re-elected at every subsequent general election. Between 1994 and 1997 he served as Minister of State at the Department of the Marine. He became Leader of the Labour Party in September 2007.