Gerard Craughwell says he’ll do his utmost to challenge Michael D for the presidency

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Michael D Higgins confirmed this morning that he would seek a second term in the Áras.

File Photo PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL SENATOR Gerard Craughwell has defended sending a note to councillors in which he gave them advice on how to “maximise allowable expenses”. The email was sent to all city and county councillors by the Independent Senator
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INDEPENDENT SENATOR GERARD Craughwell has said that he will do his utmost to contest the presidential election.

This was after Michael D Higgins confirmed this morning that he would seek a second term as Uachtarán na hÉireann.

Reacting to the announcement by the president this morning on Today with Sean O’Rourke, Craughwell said “I’m quite angry at the moment actually, that it has been left so late”.

When it was suggested that he wouldn’t have much of a chance of winning due to Higgins’ popularity (Fianna Fáil have agreed to back him), Craughwell said:

I wouldn’t at all agree. When I ran for the Senate it was [deemed as] impossible… but the point is elections sometimes turn on the spin of a coin.

“He did give the country an assurance that he would serve one term only and he has to explain that change,” he added.