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Looks Like Two Very Famous Irish Faces Could Be Running For Presidency

By Darragh Berry

April 5, 2018 at 8:18am

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Believe it or not but Michael D. Higgins has been in the President's chair since 2011 and his first term is almost over.

As 2018 rolled in, it looked as though Higgins would be unchallenged and would walk into a second term contested.

The Irish Independent has flagged two possible candidates who could be running for presidency in the future and one might go toe-to-toe with Higgins this time around. 

Bertie Ahern came out on Wednesday and told the publication that he would definitely consider running but would do so as an Independent candidate.

Speaking about Higgins' reign, Ahern would only run if the current President was out of the equation and will more than likely wait until 2025.

"If he turned around and said he wasn't running that'd be a different thing; I'd have to see what I'd have to do then.

"You'd certainly have to think about it."

However, rumours have surfaced about RTÉ television broadcaster and journalist, Miriam O'Callaghan.

Current presidential hopeful, Gerard Craughwell has said that the broadcaster could be "flying a kite" regarding the presidency by dropping her summer chat show. 

Speculation has risen that O'Callaghan will have a pop at the presidency since she announced that she would take a break from her summer chat show and Craughwell believes that she would be a very competitive rival. 

"I hope she does run. I think it is time that those who are interested came out of the woodwork and declared their intention," he told the publication.

"There are no coronations of individuals in Ireland so I would welcome Miriam O'Callaghan and many more like her that may want to come out to put themselves out there now."

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