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Saturday 21 October 2017

Rebel McGuinness 'will battle' in leadership bid

Aine Kerr and  Eimear Ni Bhraonain

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

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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