Sunday 26 March 2017

Tony Blair’s former spin-doctor asks Miriam O’Callaghan: ‘Are you going to stand for President or not?’

Alistair Campbell pictured on Saturday Night with Miriam
Alistair Campbell pictured on Saturday Night with Miriam
Miriam O'Callaghan is said to be considering a presidential run in 2018
Alastair Campbell, the former Director of Communications and Strategy in the UK, tipped Miriam O'Callaghan for President in 2018.
Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The former Director of Communications and Strategy who served during Tony Blair’s time at Number 10 Downing Street has tipped Miriam O’Callaghan to be Ireland’s next president.

Alastair Campbell, a British journalist best known for his work with Prime Minister Blair, was a guest on Saturday Night with Miriam and asked the presenter of her intentions to take over Áras an Uachtaráin after President Michael D. Higgins.

“You’re going to be the next President,” he said to which Miriam O’Callaghan told the audience, “Don’t mind him.”

At the end of his interview Alistair said: “Come on. You’re not getting away with that. Are you going to stand for President or not?”

RTE favourite Miriam did not necessarily shrug off his query as she laughed “Oh come on”, before wrapping up the interview without answering.

The Prime Time presenter is believed to be considering running for presidency in 2018 although she has kept coy despite sources whispering to the press.

Miriam O'Callaghan is said to be considering a presidential run in 2018
Miriam O'Callaghan is said to be considering a presidential run in 2018
Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson
Alistair Campbell pictured on Saturday Night with Miriam

Miriam, who is a mum of six revealed to The Irish Independent that she is unsure which friends are spilling the beans to the press.

“I genuinely don’t know any of these ‘friends’ who keep speaking to the press,” she said.

 “But they’re certainly not talking to me. I have no comment about the President thing.”

During last night’s episode of Miriam’s popular summer chat show, Alistair shared a text from rugby player Donnacha O’Callaghan who warned him not to show himself up in front of Ireland’s treasure.

“Hope you bring your A-Game tonight with Miriam. She’s not a push-over like Tubridy,” said Alistair reading out a text from Donnacha O’Callaghan.

“Try to keep your pants on don’t make a show of yourself in front of our next president,” Donnacha text Alistair.

Alastair Campbell, the former Director of Communications and Strategy in the UK, tipped Miriam O'Callaghan for President in 2018.
Alastair Campbell, the former Director of Communications and Strategy in the UK, tipped Miriam O'Callaghan for President in 2018.

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