Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he would be interested in serving as Ireland's next European Commissioner.

Speaking in Galway this afternoon, Mr Gilmore said the appointment was a matter for the Taoiseach to decide upon, following consultations with the new leader of the Labour Party.

Mr Gilmore refused to be drawn on whether the issue of nominating an Irish Commissioner was left open after the conclusion of talks on the formation of the Fine Gael / Labour Coalition in 2011.

Bruton would like to continue with jobs portfolio

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said he would like to continue with that portfolio in the Cabinet reshuffle.

He was speaking at the official opening of Zendesk's Development Centre in Dublin.

Mr Bruton said he was given a challenge to do and would like to continue with it.