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Miriam O’Callaghan, Joe Brolly and PJ Gallagher confirm if they will run for President

The process of elimination begins...


The speculation over who will be running for the next presidency of Ireland is heating up and the process of elimination began with Miriam O’Callaghan and Joe Brolly this week.

Miriam has long been rumoured to be running for President but it seems to be a national appetite to see her in Áras an Uachtaráin than her own ambition as she took to Twitter yesterday to dispell the rumours.

Of the rumours the broadcaster said she’s “much more comfortable reporting on stories than being at the centre of them” and was both “touched and a little embarrassed” by people suggesting she should run for the prestigious role.

“Out of respect to them, and to our serving President, I have always declined to engage in those discussions.”

“However, given the recent resurgence of speculation, I want to state that I will not be a candidate in an upcoming Presidential election.”

The broadcaster went on to state that she will always remain independent of any political party and discuss her upcoming documentary about the troubles in Northern Ireland, a topic which she ‘has covered extensively throughout her career.

Photo by Michael Chester.

Joe Brolly appeared on The Late Late Show and was asked by Ryan Tubridy if he would be putting himself in the running for a stint in Áras an Uachtaráin.

“I’ve too much on… It’s not something I would rule out in the longer term.”

So while Joe doesn’t want to go up against Michael D at the polling booths we may see him campaigning in the future.

PJ Gallagher is the latest addition to the list of people who have confirmed they will not be running.

The comedian tweeted this afternoon that he would not be running against Michael D Higgins in the 2018 presidential elections, disappointing his fans, but did not explicitly rule out running in the future.

“I’d like to announce that I am not putting myself forward for the next presidential elections.”

It is understood that our current President Michael D Higgins, who was elected in 2011, intends to run for a second term when the 2018 election arises.

Michael D has proved extremely popular as President so far receiving the adoration of audiences where he goes.