Eamon Gilmore was born in 1955 in County Galway, Ireland. He is currently leader of the Irish Labour Party. He first won election to Dail Eireann in 1989 as a TD for the marxist Worker's Party of Ireland, but left with five other TDs to form the Democratic Left party in 1992. This party merged with the Irish Labour Party in 1999. Gilmore became leader of the Labour Party on September 6, 2007.