Labour to pit Higgins against rival Keaveney in Europe poll
THE Labour Party is lining up senator Lorraine Higgins to run in the 15-county Midlands-North West constituency in next year's European elections.
The expected selection of Ms Higgins raises the prospect of her going head-to-head with her Galway East general election running mate and local rival, Colm Keaveney.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore told the Irish Independent he expects Labour to run just one candidate in each of the three European constituencies.
"My own thinking is that it is likely to be one candidate per constituency," he said, however, there might be "geographic considerations" why more candidates might run with two four-seat constituencies.
Ms Higgins has been approached by party TDs to put her name forward and is said to be "seriously considering" it.
Mr Keaveney beat Ms Higgins to be elected as the Labour TD, but since left the party to become an Independent.