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Presidential Age limits would have excluded Michael Collins from the Aras, says Noonan

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 05/05/2015 | 16:28

Finance Minister Michael Noonan
Finance Minister Michael Noonan

The current minimum age limit for the Irish Presidency would have excluded Michael Collins from being handed the keys to Aras an Uachtarain, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

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Mr Noonan today said he finds it "peculiar" that the present rules exclude people in their thirties from running for the Presidency.

He said Fine Gael is advocating a Yes vote in next month's referendum which proposes reducing the age limit for the Presidency from 35-21.

"It's peculiar that you can be President if you are 35 and you can't if you're 34, that would have excluded people like Michael Collins and The Lord himself. There's a case to be made for reducing the age and, well, where you stop then," he said.

Mr Noonan made the remarks at a housing event in Dublin City Centre today.

Also speaking at the event, Environment Minister Alan Kelly said there is various different opinions on the vote, which is being held alongside the Marriage Equality Referendum.

He said he expects the result to be a "tight one" but that a lot of young people will have an issue with the current rules.

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