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MEP seeks presidential nomination

MEP Mairead McGuinness has revealed she plans to put herself forward to be considered as a candidate in the presidential election.

The politician said she intends to seek the nomination of her Fine Gael party to succeed President Mary McAleese.

Making the announcement in Athy, Ms McGuiness said she was humbled that people would even consider her a candidate.

"I will be delighted and honoured if my party gives me the opportunity to go before the people to work with you, as your President in imagining a renewed, creative and dynamic Ireland," she said.

President McAleese will end her second seven-year term in office in November 2011.

While no parties have selected candidates, several public figures have declared their interest in the position.

Independent senator David Norris has formally launched his bid to become president and former TD Michael D Higgins and Barnardos' boss Fergus Finlay have both declared their intention to seek the Labour nomination.

Elected as an MEP in June 2004, Ms McGuinness topped the poll with one in every four votes cast in the Ireland East constituency. She was re-elected in June 2009 with another poll-topping result and was the only candidate in Ireland to be elected on the first count.

Prior to becoming an MEP she was a journalist, broadcaster and commentator.

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