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Sunday 22 October 2017

Doyle: I'm in it to win it!

DOYLE CONFIDENT OF GETTING FINE GAEL NOMINATION TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT

ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR

A CONFIDENT Avril Doyle said yesterday she wouldn't be seeking the Fine Gael presidential nomination if she didn't think she'd win it.

'I wouldn't have put my name forward if I thought I had no chance of winning,' said the former MEP and TD.

Ms. Doyle hit the ground running with a whirlwind of interviews as soon as she announced her intention to challenge Pat Cox, Mairead McGuinness and Gay Mitchell for the Fine Gael candidacy at lunchtime on Tuesday. WITH Avril Doyle having been instrumental in Dr. Liam Twomey's successful General Election bid earlier this year, it's hardly surprising that the Rosslare TD is backing the Doyle Presidential candidature bid.

'She is very serious about this nomination,' he said early this week adding that the reaction from grass roots supporters in the electoral college of FG has been 'very positive'. 'People are very well disposed towards her,' said Dr. Twomey who personally believes that Avril Doyle has 'all the characteristics to make a good president'.

'She has the experience and the ability and she has the credibility to represent Ireland at home and abroad,' he said.

A woman who would not be afraid of 'any challenges' he said that she was prepared to fight hard and push boundaries, while being fully aware of the role and duties expected of a president.

He dismissed any rivalry between herself and McGuinness. ' There is no bitterness there. Avril has been so long in politics, she does not take issues like that personally,' he said.

He adds if John Bruton had expressed interest in the Presidency, Avril Doyle would not have put her name forward.

'If John Bruton was standing Avril would have backed him 100 per cent.'

However, he notes that she very much wants the FG nod now.

Minister of State Paul Kehoe is also backing his party colleague.

'Avril Doyle would make a great President,' he declared,

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