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Sinn Fein wants Mickey Harte to run for President

THE Sinn Fein deputy leader said: "I really cannot speculate. I'm being so careful not to rule anyone in or out."

Last month, Gerry Adams denied that an approach had been made to the popular GAA man, but talk of a Harte nomination has gone into overdrive in GAA circles in the past 24 hours.

Sources said that representatives of Sinn Fein "have approached Mickey Harte with regard to being their presidential candidate".


The speculation has been fuelled by comments made by Gerry Adams in which he said that the party should nominate a candidate, but not necessarily a Sinn Fein member.

The current favourite is Northern Ireland politician Michelle Gildernew, but party sources accept that she has only a minor profile with the public. Martin McGuinness has also refused to rule himself out, although both Mr Adams and Dublin TD Mary Lou McDonald say they do not want to run.

A Facebook page supporting Mr Harte's nomination has already been set up.

Mickey Harte's daughter Michaela (27) was murdered in Mauritius during her honeymoon on January 10.

Michaela's husband John McAreavey (26) discovered her in the bathtub of their suite at the Legends Hotel in the fishing village of Grand Gaube, after she had been strangled.

Two hotel staff members Avinash Treebohowon (30) and Sandip Moneea (41) have been charged with the her murder.

A Sinn Fein spokesperson told the Herald today that she "didn't know" if any discussions had taken place with Mr Harte.

"We won't find out anything until the weekend," she said.