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Jack-in-box Cox keeps popping up as he emerges from shadows

Not seen a whole lot on the political scene since his humiliating defeat to Gay Mitchell for the Fine Gael presidential election nomination, Pat Cox is suddenly popping up all over the place.

Mr Cox and his Europhile buddies were launching their traditional Yes campaign at the weekend. Then he turned up at the official launch of the European Movement Ireland Accountability Report 2011 yesterday.

Thankfully for him, he's still described as "former European Parliament president", rather than "the man who couldn't even beat Gay Mitchell".

Irish Independent