Outgoing Limerick City Fianna Fáil TD Willie O'Dea will have a running mate in the next general election, following the decision by party members tonight to select a second candidate.

His running mate will be Cllr James Collins who topped the poll in the Limerick City West area in the local elections in 2014.

He is a son of the former Limerick West TD Michael Collins.

He and Mr O'Dea were the only two candidates put forward at a selection convention in Limerick city tonight.

Mr O'Dea was the only Fianna Fáil candidate in Limerick City in the 2016 general election topping the poll with almost 13,000 votes - a surplus of over 3,000 votes.

Fine Gael has already selected two senators, Maria Byrne and Kieran O'Donnell, to contest the next election for the party.

Sinn Féin's Maurice Quinliven, who won a seat for the party in Limerick City in the 2016 general election will stand again for the party, and Cian Prendiville, who stood for the Solidarity party in 2016, will also stand again. Labour's Jan O'Sullivan is also set to stand.