THE Labour Party is desperately seeking a second candidate in order to salvage its Dublin seat in the European Parliament.
Party figures are looking at selecting a running mate for sitting MEP Emer Costello as part of the overall strategy for next summer's elections.
A number of sitting politicians have been considered as the party prepares for a "dogfight" to hold on to Ms Costello's seat.
One party figure mentioned as a potential running mate, Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, last night ruled himself out of the running.
"It's not something on my radar, particular with the work I have as mayor. So yes, I am happy to rule myself out," he told the Herald.
Ms Costello said last night that she has been "actively campaigning" in order to retain her seat and rejected the suggestions of fielding a second candidate.
"We're determined to retain this seat and I believe that will be done by running a single candidate," she said.
Meanwhile, a close friend of Brian Cowen has declared an interest in running for Fianna Fail in the Dublin constituency.
Former senator Geraldine Feeney told the Herald that she is "well-positioned" to win a seat for Micheal Martin's party.
"We have a huge uphill battle ahead of us in Dublin but I feel very strongly that I can win that seat. It probably would be the third seat but I know deep down I have a good chance."
However, several Fianna Fail figures are falling in behind former councillor Tiernan Brady, who is the director of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN).