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Rebel McGuinness 'will battle' in leadership bid

Aine Kerr and Eimear Ni Bhraonain

Published 08/11/2010 | 05:00

REBEL Fianna Fail backbencher John McGuinness would struggle to get the 18 signatures required for a motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

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The former junior minister has offered to replace Brian Cowen as the party leader, but the 18-signature target is seen as too ambitious by many.

A number of backbenchers told the Irish Independent that while his views were supported by many, this did not necessarily transfer into support for him as leader.

One well-respected backbencher went as far as describing his offer to lead a heave as a joke. "You're kidding me? Not a chance," he said.

In an interview, Mr McGuinness said he had a "vision" to transform Fianna Fail -- and the country -- and to bring the people back to their community roots.

Irish Independent

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