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Race for the Aras: Gay Byrne calls presidential candidate McGuinness a 'consistent liar'

GAY Byrne has announced that he is disappointed by Martin McGuinness' run for president, calling the Sinn Fein politician a 'consistent liar' and saying that he was a 'former gunman'.

Mr Byrne, who looked set to run for office himself as the Fianna Fail candidate but later backed down, said that he did not regret that he is not running for presidency, in a television interview last night.

Mr Byrne said that Mr McGuinness, who he branded a 'clever operator', would use 'weasel words' during the campaign to 'wriggle' out of being asked tough questions.

However, the former Late Late Show presenter conceded that Mr McGuinness is a 'strong contender' who had a good chance of winning the election on TV3’s Midweek programme.

Gay Byrne said of Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams that, "They lie. They lie all the time, they lie consistently, and they don’t mind lying, and they rehearse their lies, because they’ve been trained to lie."

Mr Byrne also asked whether the Irish people really wanted Mr McGuinness in charge of the Irish armed forces.

Meanwhile, Independent nominees David Norris and Dana Rosemary Scallon are continuing to try to secure nominations by next Thursday.

Both nominees have so far failed to get the backing of the 20 Oireachtas members needed to make the run, with Dana only securing one signature.

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