Saturday 18 November 2017

Joe Higgins is clearing way for his colleague

Joe Higgins
Joe Higgins
John Downing

John Downing

SOCIALIST TD Joe Higgins's decision to signal his future retirement from the Dail is an effort to copper-fasten a Dail seat for his party colleague in the upcoming by-election.

The party's expected candidate in Dublin West, Councillor Ruth Coppinger, is seen as the front-runner in the by-election, which is expected to be held with the local and European elections on May 23.

That by-election arises from the resignation of Independent TD Patrick Nulty, and is expected to coincide with another in Longford-Westmeath caused by the death of Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden.

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