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Friday 19 January 2018

Labour rebel Keaveney plans Euro election bid

Colm Keaveney: could face Declan Ganley in fight for MEP seat
Colm Keaveney: could face Declan Ganley in fight for MEP seat

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Rebel Labour chairman Colm Keaveney is planning to run in next year's European elections – in a move which could pit him against Declan Ganley.

Businessman Mr Ganley has not ruled out running in the election – having attempted unsuccessfully to win an MEP seat for his former Libertas party in 2009.

But both Mr Ganley and Mr Keaveney will have to wait until the Constituency Commission announces the boundaries of the new constituencies for next May's European elections – due to the fact the number of Irish MEPs is dropping from 13 to 12.

Mr Keaveney is understood to be investigating how to run a campaign across county boundaries as an Independent, drawing on the support of disaffected Labour Party members and members of the SIPTU union he worked with.

The Galway East TD told his local newspaper, the 'Tuam Herald', that the answers were not in the Dail anymore – they were in Europe. But Mr Keaveney would have to raise funds to be able to compete in the election – and would also face a rival Labour candidate. A Labour source said the party would be running a candidate in every European election constituency.

Irish Independent

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