Sunday 16 December 2018

Freeman leaves the door open for another Áras run if she loses out

Privileged: Joan Freeman. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM
Privileged: Joan Freeman. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Presidential hopeful Joan Freeman has left the door open for another run for Áras an Uachtaráin if she is unsuccessful this week.

The senator denied she is disheartened by polls showing incumbent Michael D Higgins on course for a landslide victory, pointing out that the race could "change dramatically" in the coming days.

Pieta House founder Ms Freeman - who is running on a platform of supporting mental health - said she would "certainly think about it" when asked if she would consider another presidency bid in the future.

She said she'd been "so honoured and privileged" to have her name on the ballot paper.

"I've fallen in love with Ireland because of the people," she added.

"They so want to make things better for their community and I want to do it for them as well. I want to lead them in that."

Irish Independent

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