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Better to have a political bruiser with 'blood on his knuckles' than mediocrities who won't make their own mark, says Jody Corcoran

Published 19/12/2010 | 05:00

FROM a fog of confusion, the emergence of Michael Noonan and Micheal Martin as the new messiahs of the age -- when in fact both have been around for decades doing precious little -- is quite curious really. But then, we live in curious times . . .

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If opinion is showing anything, it is that people are in a state of flux, seemingly willing to lurch in any direction, towards any personality, that they may find a way forward -- the rise of Sinn Fein, and its bright young thing Pearse Doherty, being a case in point.

At least Doherty has the benefit of being relatively new, even if he is just another unreconstructed republican socialist, albeit with a good line in populism, who must be given some credit for bursting the bubble that was Joan Burton.

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