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John Drennan: Leading doctor joins race for Senate

Dublin GP and Life magazine correspondent Dr Maurice Gueret is among those battling to fill the Trinity College Senate seat left vacant by the election to the Dail of Shane Ross.

A former member of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, Dr Gueret has been a prominent critic of bureaucracy in healthcare and is a fearless advocate for Irish patients. He has long connections with Trinity College, dating back to World War One when his grandfather Paul Gueret attended Officer Training School at the university before serving at Ypres with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

Former Progressive Democrat TD Fiona O'Malley is also in the hunt for the notoriously competitive Trinity College panel. She may have, in the last three years, lost her seat, a leadership battle and a party but the former PD TD said her enthusiasm for politics is undimmed.

Ms O'Malley said last week her passion for politics was reignited following a stint canvassing with the independent Dail candidate and artist Mannix Flynn.

"I realised the desire is still there. It's in the blood. I hated sitting out the general election,'' said the last of the political dynasty that included her grand-uncle, Donough, and her father Dessie O'Malley, the founder of the PD.s

The senator, who once stunned the nation with a rendition of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights on the Late Late, would certainly live up to the Senate's tradition of non-conformist eccentricity that is currently best epitomised by David Norris.

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