Taoiseach says he has no desire to run for the presidency: 'It's not one for me'
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said he has no desire to run for the presidency.
He was asked by a student in Mount Carmel Seconday school in Dublin is he has any ambition to run for the Áras.
"No," he replied bluntly, to laughter.
"I've been asked that question a few times.
"I'm 40 years at this and I've seen governments come and governments go and all of that.
"I think the presidency is a particular very highly esteemed office in this country of course but it's for people who have a particular personality that's very suitable for it.
"I don't think that I would like to be in that sense confined by all the duties of the President.
"Our Uachtaráin does a wonderful job in his carrying out of his duties but it's not one for me," he said,
Another presidential election isn't due unitl 2018 - mid-way through the next Dáil term.
Fine Gael has never won a presidential election campaign.