Rebel McGuinness 'will battle' in leadership bid
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.