Politician who helped reverse Good Friday alcohol ban to run for President against Michael D Higgins 4 years ago

Politician who helped reverse Good Friday alcohol ban to run for President against Michael D Higgins

That is a pretty good platform to start his Presidency run on...

A few months back it was confirmed that the Good Friday alcohol ban was to be abolished for good in Ireland.

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The new bill would, if enacted in its current form, permit the sale of intoxicating liquor on Good Friday in public houses and off-licences. It would not permit such sales in other categories of licensed premises, such as restaurants and hotels.

The new bill introduced by Senator Billy Lawless and co-signed by other Independent Senators, including Senator Gerard Craughwell.

Today, Craughwell announced that he believes Michael D Higgins should stick to his word of just running for one term, a pledge he made prior to his election in 2011.

If Higgins does decide to run again however - and he already has powerful supporters who hope he does, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar - then Craughwell says he will also run, in order to make sure that Higgins doesn't run unopposed.

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Craughwell spoke to The Pat Kenny Show this morning, and talked about how his part in the Alcohol Ban reversal will be both a positive and a negative in any potential campaign (via Newstalk):

“Like most things in this world, 50% of the country will love me for it and 50% of the country will despise me for it,” he said."

“One never enters a race unless they see the finish line. If you look at my track record as president of the Teacher’s Union of Ireland, when I entered that race, I had no chance and I managed to get over that line."

 

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