Joan Burton is expected to step down as leader of the Labour Party 3 years ago

Joan Burton is expected to step down as leader of the Labour Party

Burton has been at the head of the Labour Party since 2014.

The former Tánaiste and Dublin West TD Joan Burton is to resign as the Labour Party leader, according to reports.

The Irish Times say that the announcement should follow a meeting of the parliamentary party, with Labour Party deputy leader Alan Kelly and Sean Sherlock, who was previously the Minister of State, expected to contest the vacant position.

The news comes after Labour's extremely poor showing at the general election, where only seven seats were retained by the party.

If the reports are confirmed, it is expected that deputy leader Alan Kelly will be placed in temporary charge of Labour, with an election to follow to announce Burton's full-time successor.