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John Drennan: In three-horse race Martin 'McMandela' may shade it

Michael D Higgins is in danger of becoming a Queen mum-style figure as the Aras contest tightens up, writes John Drennan

Published 09/10/2011 | 05:00

AFTER the six months of drama that has surrounded 'alas, poor Norris', Fine Gael's Beal na Blath-style ambush of Pat Cox, and Fianna Fail's game of Russian roulette with Gay Byrne, it almost came as a relief last week when the bus carrying the presidential hopefuls left town.

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The bad news for four of the seven dwarfs seeking to attach themselves to the hem of Snow White is that the only three passengers clutching golden tickets to the Aras are Michael D, Martin McGuinness and Sean Gallagher.

Gay Mitchell had been hoping to become the 'Comeback Kid', but instead 'the Invisible Man' -- whose new slogan should be 'now you see him and you still don't like him' -- turned into the Comedown King. Meanwhile, rather like the dying days of Biffo, press conferences with 'alas, poor Norris' are evolving into a scenario of poke the mad professor.

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