A Labour minister has said Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore, his outgoing party leader, has the credentials to be Ireland's next EU Commissioner.

Joe Costello, the Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, made his comments on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics.

Fine Gael TD and Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has been widely expected to be nominated for the position.

However, in recent weeks the Labour Party has been pushing the case for Mr Gilmore to become the next EU Commissioner.

Mr Costello said discussions on the next commissioner have yet to commence in Government.

Mr Costello argued that the Tánaiste's experience as Minister for Foreign Affairs during Ireland's EU presidency puts him in a strong position for the post and to secure a significant portfolio.