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Sam Smyth: Winner takes all in tussle for party hearts and minds

Sam Smyth

Published 17/01/2011 | 05:00

They could charge a premium rate for tickets to witness the showdown between Brian Cowen and Micheal Martin at the Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting tomorrow.

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Although it will be conducted in public through the Fianna Fail version of the Queensbury Rules, in the privacy of the party rooms it could descend to a bare-knuckle brawl where the winner takes all.

Most students of knockabout politics would back a bruiser like Brian Cowen to win any roughhouse contest over the unfailingly polite Martin. Facing into an election where they face oblivion, Mr Martin's touchy-feely manner may coax more voters to put a tick at a Fianna Fail candidate -- and persuade sitting FF TDs to back him.

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