Thursday 19 October 2017

'I'm going to turn the Aras into a homeless hostel' - Joe Brolly hints at running for President

24 May 2015; Former Derry footballer and RTÉ analyst Joe Brolly makes his way to the game. Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Clare v Limerick. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
24 May 2015; Former Derry footballer and RTÉ analyst Joe Brolly makes his way to the game. Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Clare v Limerick. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Conor Neville

Joe Brolly is back teasing a Presidential bid.

Bookmakers reckon it's a 66/1 shout that Brolly will wind up in the Aras after Michael D Higgins departs. Joe insists that there's no easier way to make a quick buck.

Speaking on Yates on Sunday on Newstalk this morning, Brolly discussed turning the President's residence into a homeless shelter, somewhat akin to Apollo House over the Christmas.

The interview was light on sporting references, with Yates only asking at the end whether Brolly was too harsh on Colm Cooper. It was largely concerned with topics such as Brolly's work on organ donation and his own politics. Notwithstanding the presidential run and his family involvement in Sinn Fein, Brolly declared himself apolitical.

As he raced through his final questions, Yates breezily asked Brolly whether the Presidency was a goer.

Brolly: "I'm going to turn the Aras into a homeless hostel and live there with them. And maybe about four or five particular causes that I'm working on at the moment."

Yates: Are you going for President?

Brolly: Well I haven't said that.

Yates: But you might?

Brolly: Well... (pause) somebody needs to do something.

Yates: Paddy Power are going 66/1. Should I have a few quid?

Brolly: Well I mean come on, you're not on it already! It's the easiest money you'll ever make.

Not having been in the studio we can't confirm whether Brolly was slyly winking at his host throughout the encounter. He certainly takes great pleasure in not ruling out the possibility.

He has teased the issue before. On the Late Late Show, he disclosed that his son was eager for him to run for the Presidency as they could get helicopter rides to matches.

Brolly conceded that this was a "narrow basis" on which to seek such a role. But Tubs had his newshound hat on, as opposed to his light entertainment hat, and pressed the issue. Brolly insisted that he didn't "think" a Presidential bid was a runner. Tubridy, in a Paxmanesque mood, insisted that such a weak denial was tantamount to an admission of interest.

He's not even issuing denials these days.

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