Laois man O’Neill will not be next Irish President

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 24th July 2018 Laois man O’Neill will not be next Irish President Rugby Pinterest TAGSLiam O’Neill Former GAA president Liam O’Neill has ruled out challenging Michael D Higgins and entering the presidential race which will be decided by an election later this year.Mr O’Neill, who served as GAA President from 2012 to 2015 and held a variety of roles at club, county and provincial level prior to that, confirmed last week that he was “considering his options” after the suggestion was put to him.However, after appearing on TV3’s Tonight programme last night, O’Neill ruled himself out of the race.He said that he doesn’t ‘have the organisational, logistical or financial platform to mount a campaign’.Mr O’Neill reckons that a campaign would cost around €400k to mount.Liam O’Neill recently retired as principal of Gaelscoil Tromaire while his wife Aine retired as principal of St Fergal’s in Rathdowney.Michael D Higgins announced last week that he was to seek a second seven-year term as president but a number of candidates have emerged.Sinn Fein decided that they will definitely run a candidate which means an election is certain and President Higgins won’t be unopposed.Other candidates in the mix include political commentator Noel Whelan, Dragons Den investor Gavin Duffy and senators Padraig O Ceidigh and Joan Freeman.In order to get a nomination to run for president, a candidate will need the support of 20 TDs or Senators or four local councils.Fianna Fail are supporting Michael D Higgins but are unlikely to impose any sanction on an Oireachtas member if they facilitate an independent candidate.O’Neill is the second potential candidate to rule himself out in the last 48 hours as Gerard Croughwell also dropped out yesterday.SEE ALSO – Looking ahead to this year’s Laois intermediate football championship Facebook Pinterest Twitter Previous articleIn Pictures: Community Pride on show in LaoisNext articleTragic Portlaoise teenager laid to rest Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News Laois man O’Neill will not be next Irish President News Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Community last_img read more