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Sunday 26 February 2017

Cox coy over support for presidential run

ine Kerr Political Correspondent

FORMER president of the European Parliament Pat Cox last night left the door open on seeking support from Fianna Fail and Fine Gael for a run for the presidency.

Mr Cox, who was one of the founders of the Progressive Democrats, was coy about who he would be contacting as part of his decision to "explore" the possibility of a presidential run.

He said he was "open on all fronts" to a nomination and support from political parties. The former MEP insisted he was simply declaring an interest in running for President and exploring if there was potential support for a nomination.

And he claimed he had had no conversations with Fianna Fail or Fine Gael and no meetings with councillors or members of the Oireachtas in a bid to get a nomination. Mr Cox would only say he would explore a range of options.

"I'm open on all fronts after declaring an interest to see what's out there that might permit me to get a nomination and take to the field," he said.

Mr Cox may face an uphill battle to win a nomination.

Mairead McGuinness has already declared for Fine Gael and become an early favourite to win her party's nomination, while Fianna Fail has yet to decide on whether to field a candidate.

When it comes to securing a nomination from the four county councils, Independent senator David Norris has already been working the field.

That leaves the final possibility of obtaining support from 20 Oireachtas members.

Irish Independent

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