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09th Apr 2017

Joe Brolly is really making it sound like he might run for President of Ireland

Carl Kinsella


Jasus, it sounds like he’s actually going to do it.

Joe Brolly is a barrister, a GAA pundit, a former footballer and a columnist… But it looks like the Derry man might be considering adding a new, and particularly prestigious, job to his CV: President of Ireland.

The idea of Brolly 4 Prez has been thrown around a lot in the last few years — he’s a well-known character with a sound knowledge of Irish law who’s never short of an opinion, and has plenty of causes to champion. Speaking to Newstalk today, he appealed to those exact causes when asked once again if he’d consider trying to take the reins from Michael D in 2018.

Responding to Ivan Yates’ question, Brolly said “I’m going to turn the Áras into a homeless hostel and live there with them… And maybe about four or five particular causes that I’m working on at the moment.”

Sounding shocked, Yates followed-up: “You’re going to stand for President?” at which point Brolly became more coy, saying “Well, I haven’t said that… Somebody needs to do something.”

Incumbent President Michael D. Higgins has not explicitly stated his intention to run for the office again, and he will be 77 years old by the time the 2018 election takes place.

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