Saturday 29 July 2017

'Who knows what anyone's going to do in two or three years time?' - Miriam O'Callaghan has not ruled out running for presidency

Miriam O’Callaghan
Miriam O’Callaghan

Sharon McGowan

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan hasn't ruled out running for the presidency.

There is growing speculation over whether the Prime Time host will put her name forward for the Aras.

Miriam O'Callaghan at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Miriam O'Callaghan at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House

"I never even said anything in my life about running for president," she told The Herald this morning.

"Who knows what anyone's going to do in two or three years time? It's miles down the road.

Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson
Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson

"I don't know where this has come from. It's such a non story.

"We have a brilliant president at the moment and that's all I have to say," she added.

When asked about RTE's stance on her possible presidential ambitions, the chat show host refused to comment.

"I really have nothing more to say on it," she said at the launch of the Oireachtas Children's Future Health Group.

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

Meanwhile, bookmakers have even slashed odds on Miriam becoming President

Paddy Power cut the odds from 10/1 to 7/1, after a slew of bets were placed.

"There's been an increasing number of reports linking Miriam with a run for presidency and our punters have certainly taken notice," Paddy Power spokesman Feilim Mac An Iomaire told the Irish Daily Mirror.

After a slew of bets from punters, Paddy Power slashed the odds of Miriam succeeding Michael D. Higgins.

The mum-of-eight is now third favourite to follow in his footsteps.

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness (6/1) and Barnardos chief Fergus Finlay (13/2) round out the top three.

Meanwhile broadcasting legend Anne Doyle, U2 frontman Bono and Roy Keane all have odds of 100/1 each.

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