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Breaking Fine Gael's presidential duck?

Yesterday's announcement by Pat Cox that he will be seeking the Fine Gael nomination for the Presidency sets up the mother of all battles for that party's nomination.



With Fine Gael now by far the largest party in the country, its candidate will be in pole position come October's election.

However, it is by no means a foregone conclusion that Fine Gael will break its presidential election duck.

With all three of its putative candidates being either sitting or former MEPs, the party is extremely vulnerable to an anti-European backlash as a result of popular anger at the bailout.