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FG's anti-Cox wing must put country first

Published 22/06/2011 | 05:00

Those Fine Gael members who are foaming at the mouth at the prospect of an "opportunist" like Pat Cox seeking the Fine Gael presidential nomination need to grow up.

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Their petulant attacks on Mr Cox are puerile and mean-spirited, and they evince an authoritarian streak that prioritises loyalty to the party over loyalty to the country.

Mr Cox joined Fine Gael for one simple reason. He believes that he would make the best President, and not just the best Fine Gael President. But unfortunately, his ambition to become Ireland's first citizen would be substantially hampered if he were to run as an Independent, especially since Irish presidential elections are primarily orchestrated by the machinery of partisan politics.

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