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Two Women Seek Irish Presidency

Two women candidates seek a nomination to run for the October 30th election to succeed Irish President Mary Robinson. Robinson, a feminist lawyer highly popular in Ireland, is stepping down to take over as the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights. The two female contenders, Avril Doyle and Mary Banotti, are seeking a nomination from the centrist Fine Gael party. Doyle is a former minister and is currently seeking a seat in Ireland’s upper house. Banotti is a member of the European Parliament for Dublin. Robinson’s Party, Labour, will likely not choose a candidate until September. Fianna Fail, Ireland’s largest group, has not yet chosen a candidate either.

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The Nando Net - July 27, 1997

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