Tuesday 21 February 2017

Taoiseach says he has no desire to run for the presidency: 'It's not one for me'

Cormac McQuinn, Political Correspondent

Published 08/02/2016 | 19:18

Enda Kenny. Photo: PA
Enda Kenny. Photo: PA

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said he has no desire to run for the presidency.

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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.

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