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Junior finance minister Brian Hayes is going to run Fine Gael in the European elections in May.

The Irish Independent reports:

Fine Gael is only going to run one candidate after failing to identify a good-quality running mate for him. The OPW minister (44) told party members in his Dublin South-West constituency of his keenly anticipated decision at a meeting last night. He is expected to announce his decision this morning.

Mr Hayes is giving up the chance of getting a full cabinet portfolio when Taoiseach Enda Kenny re-jigs his ministers later in the year. Although Mr Hayes is far and away the best performer on the junior ministerial benches, there was no guarantee that he would have been promoted to Cabinet. “If the bossman (Mr Kenny) had wanted him for that, he would have made it clear to him,” a source said.

Hayes to run for Fine Gael in the EU elections (Irish Independent)

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