Tuesday 24 April 2018

Coalition TD voted no on Presidential age to stop 'boyband members' getting elected

Patrick O'Donovan
Patrick O'Donovan

​​Fionnan Sheahan

A Coalition TD says he voted No to the Government's proposal to reduce the age of Presidential election candidates because he didn't want a "young fella straight out of a boyband" member in Aras an Uachtarain.

Early tallies suggest the proposal to reduce the age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21 will be comfortably defeated.

The proposal was put to the people after emerging from the Constitutional Convention.

But Fine Gael TD Patrick O'Donovan voted No, despite the proposal being put by the Fine Gael and Labour Party Coalition.

"I didn't want some young fellah straight out of a boyband ​into the Park. I'm glad I voted No and I'm glad it will probably be beaten," he said.


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