Belfast Telegraph

Ex-broadcaster rejects election bid

Former broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh has become the latest personality to rule himself out of the race for the presidency.

The voice of the GAA said he was honoured and humbled by rumours linking him to the post but insisted he would not put himself forward for election.

"There has been speculation for some time that I might consider running for the office of Uachtaran na hEireann," he said. "I wish to end this speculation and confirm that I do not intend to contest the forthcoming election."

Mr O Muircheartaigh thanked everyone who offered him support and assistance. "I want to thank them sincerely for their kind offers," he said.

Mr O Muircheartaigh said earlier this month he would consult his family before considering standing as an Independent candidate.

The 81-year-old Kerryman said age was not an issue and revealed that he has been encouraged by a groundswell of support among grassroots GAA fans.

The renowned commentator also said he had support from the business and commercial world and some in politics, but that Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has not been in contact with him.

He began his career for Raidio Eireann in 1949 and retired from broadcasting last September after commenting on the All-Ireland final between Cork and Down.

Eurovision winner Dana is also expected to declare whether she wants another bid for the presidency.

Broadcaster Gay Byrne said he would not contest the presidential election after Fianna Fail's Mr Martin approached him to offer the party's support for his nomination as an independent.

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