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Thursday 26 April 2018

Housing list to Áras an Uachtaráin? Famous Irish artist goes from homelessness to presidential bid

Kevin Sharkey outside his homeless centre in Dublin City Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kevin Sharkey outside his homeless centre in Dublin City Photo: Gerry Mooney

Cian Murray

During the height of the Celtic Tiger era, Kevin Sharkey was selling his paintings to celebrities such as Kate Moss and Whitney Houston.

More recently he was sleeping in a tent in the Dublin mountains because he had nowhere else to go.

Now Sharkey is set to continue his remarkable journey, by running for the Irish presidency.

Read more:  'I was homeless, sleeping in a tent', says artist Kevin

Speaking on Today FM's Matt Cooper The Last Word, Sharkey declared his plan to put his name forward in two years when the race opens.

He said: "In the midst of (homelessness), something struck me and it is this: I would like some day to be president of Ireland and I intend to put my name forward in two years time for the presidential race."

When asked what would make him a stand out candidate, Sharkey added: "I think I would be a very good president, because I've experienced life from many different approaches.

"My understanding of being Irish isn't just down to skin colour, but is down to me travelling the world and seeing the effectiveness of communication."

The artist, who had galleries in Paris, Venice and Ibiza, also told the show that he is no longer homeless and now has a 'nice home near the sea.'

It remains to be seen whether he'll be swapping that home for a large estate in Phoenix Park.

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