APPRENTICE boss Bill Cullen wants Brian Cowen fired as CEO of Ireland Inc in favour of a "feisty" Mary Hanafin.
The successful entrepreneur believes that the situation is now so dire that all the main parties should come together to form a national government.
However, he wouldn't allow the Green Party into the arrangement because they would ruin the country with a madcap agenda.
The "disappointed" Fianna Fail supporter told the Herald today that he believes Ms Hanafin is the best performer in Irish politics and would "blossom" in the role of Taoiseach.
"Women are multi-taskers. I've been doing school visits for years now. If I go into a girls' school they'll knock the socks off the boys," the self-made millionaire said.
"She is, unfortunately because of the death of her husband, a single lady, so we'll get 120pc from her.
"And she's proven herself in many different ministries over the years. She's been used to go out there and try put up the blocks when things go wrong with the media and she handles it particularly well," he said. "She's a diplomat. And she's feisty. If you get on the wrong side of her, she'll tell you what she thinks.
"She has all the characteristics that I like as a leader. If she got the job she would blossom."