Simon Coveney retirement news imminent as losing MEP candidate aims for Fine Gael ticket

Simon Coveney retirement news imminent as losing MEP candidate aims for Fine Gael ticket

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Former Fine Gael deputy leader Simon Coveney. Photo: Colin Keegan

A losing Fine Gael European candidate wants to replace former Tánaiste Simon Coveney in the general election.

Mr Coveney is expected to announce his retirement from politics at the forthcoming election in the next 48 hours.