Mattress Mick officially rules himself out of presidential bid
There'll be a few people disappointed by this...
Between supplying beds for the Apollo House occupation, speaking up for trans rights, and running his own successful business, Michael "Mattress Mick" Flynn actually has stronger credentials for Áras an Uachtaráin than most.
However, Ireland's favourite mattress-man has ruled himself out of a challenge to Michael D. Higgins when the presidential election rolls around later this year.
Yesterday, the incumbent Higgins announced that he would be seeking re-election. Certain candidates, such as Senator Gerard Craughwell and actor and activist Kevin Sharkey, have expressed interest in contesting the election — but Flynn has firmly ruled himself out of the running.
In an early morning Twitter statement, Mattress Mick wrote: "There is no truth in the rumour that I intend to run for the Aras. I am to busy selling Irish made mattresses at unbelievable prices. Cheers."
Sticking to what he does best. And this way he'll still have the time to continue wishing us all a happy birthday.
It's still fair to be disappointed, though. A televised debate between Michael D. and Mattress Mick would have been a broadcasting spectacle for the ages. Alas. Maybe in seven years time.