Sunday 20 January 2019

Riada would be 'honoured' to run for Áras

President Michael D Higgins attended Féile na Laoch this week, which honours Sean ó Riada

Maria Herlihy

While MEP Liadh Ni Riada has not officially thrown her name into the Presidential ring, she has said she would be "honoured" to be considered but she also has family commitments to consider.

She has, however, said that she is "keeping an open mind" about the possibility of running for Áras an Uachtaráin. The gaelgóir and mother of three is the daughter of the iconic musician Seán Ó Riada. 

The Corkman sought a comment from the 51 year old but her spokesperson said she was unavailable. However, the spokesperson did say that she has said she would "be honoured" to run but "has not made a decision as of yet" on it.     

Recently, Sinn Fein have said that the nomination process will begin later this month, on August 20, and that will take three weeks. Then the leadership will decide on a candidate - if any - by September 16. Nominations will be proposed by five regional bodies, and should more than one be put forward then private hustings would be held. 

Prior to sunrise on Wednesday morning, President Michael D Higgins, who has confirmed he will run for a second term, attended Féile na Laoch at Cúil Aodha. He also attended the event back in 2011.

The unique festival which is held every seven years celebrates cultural heroes, including storytellers, poets, actors, dancers, singers and musicians and it is the brainchild of Ó Riada's eldest son, Peadar.

On Wednesday, President Higgins read poetry at the Festival of Heroes, which also coincided with the composer, Sean Ó Riada's birthday on August 1. 

Liadh Ni Riada recently said that she is "fond of Michael D Higgins". 

"I know him personally as a friend, and he has done an excellent job. But I don't think anybody for 14 years should be in power without the full mandate of people," she said.