President 'hasn't thought about' plans
PRESIDENT Mary McAleese has given no thought to her future career after she leaves office next year.
Speaking just hours after Fergus Finlay and Labour TD Michael D Higgins expressed their interest in the top job, Mrs McAleese said she hadn't thought about what she would do after she retires in November next year.
Asked if former Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev had given her any advice during their meeting last Wednesday, she said they hadn't discussed the issue.
"We didn't get around to that," she said.
Mrs McAleese was keen to complete her work over the remainder of her time in office, which includes a state visit to Denmark, which is scheduled for next month.
"I haven't thought about it, and that's the truth. There's just so much to be done in the next 15 months when I leave office.
"Now that our economy is post-recession and beginning to see growth again, there's a huge amount of work to do and I'm part of that," she added.