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Ireland Gerard Craughwell says he'll do his utmost to challenge Michael D for the presidency

13:45  10 july  2018
13:45  10 july  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell has said he will pursue the nominations he has secured to mount a challenge to become President . Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, the former trade unionist said it was irrelevant what President Michael D Higgins chooses to do at this stage.

Gerard Craughwell says democracy demands that all presidents ‘should be elected’. Earlier this week, Senator Craughwell tweeted he was putting his name forward to ensure there was an electoral contest for the presidency .

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INDEPENDENT SENATOR GERARD Craughwell has said that he will do his utmost to contest the presidential election.

This was after Michael D Higgins confirmed this morning that he would seek a second term as Uachtarán na hÉireann.

Reacting to the announcement by the president this morning on Today with Sean O’Rourke, Craughwell said “I’m quite angry at the moment actually, that it has been left so late”.

Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina   (Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina (Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images)

When it was suggested that he wouldn’t have much of a chance of winning due to Higgins’ popularity (Fianna Fáil have agreed to back him), Craughwell said:

I wouldn’t at all agree. When I ran for the Senate it was [deemed as] impossible… but the point is elections sometimes turn on the spin of a coin.

“He did give the country an assurance that he would serve one term only and he has to explain that change,” he added.

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