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Martin McGuinness to run for Uachtarán na hÉireann

category national | politics / elections | news report author Sunday September 18, 2011 00:07author by Ruaidhrí O' Conghaile Report this post to the editors

It was announced earlier today that Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is set to run for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann, President of the Republic of Ireland.

The former Provisional I.R.A leader has said that he will run on a broad progressive platform building upon his role in the peace process in the north of Ireland.

It was announced earlier today that Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is set to run for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann, President of the Republic of Ireland.

The former Provisional I.R.A leader has said that he will run on a broad progressive platform building upon his role in the peace process in the north of Ireland.

McGuinness says, "This is an opportunity for the people of Ireland to make a stand for the new Ireland, this is an opportunity for a new beginning and I do new beginnings"

McGuinness has extensive experience in the area of reconciliation having played a pivotal role in both the formation and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, and has promised that if elected Uachtarán na hÉireann he will continue to reach out to the Unionist minority on the island.

Asserting his commitment to true and progressive change, McGuinness says "it's about bridge-building on the island, it's about bringing into place a process of national reconciliation, being a unifier of all the people that live on this island"

"My vision is to be someone who inspires, someone who has a track record in bringing important change, someone who will be seen as a figurehead, representing Ireland on a world stage."

McGuinness secured his nomination with the backing of his party, Sinn Féin, as well as four Independent Teachtaí Dála, deputies Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Finian McGrath, Michael Healy-Rae and Tom Fleming.

If elected, his term will oversee the significant 100 year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, and the prospect of a distinctly Irish Republican president for this occasion is sure to resonate resoundly amongst the republican and nationalist sections of the Irish electorate.

McGuinness' nomination is also likely to bring to the fore the debate over the extension of voting rights to Irish citizens living in the north of Ireland. At present, Irish citizens living in the north are not entitled to vote for their president, however Martin McGuinness has signaled his support for the extension of voting rights to Irish citizens in the north, as well as the Irish diaspora at large.

Expressing his thoughts on the campaign, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said “I believe that this election will give Martin the platform to continue the work which he has led in the North and in the peace process and to put it on a national footing.

“I believe he can be the people’s president. If elected he will draw the average industrial wage. He will dedicate himself to a genuine national reconciliation and the unity of our people. He will personify hope in the great genius and integrity of all the people of this island, Catholics, Protestants and Dissenters."

Adams asserts "Oileáin amháin, tír amháin, Uachtaráin amháin". That is, one island, one country, one President.

This promises to be an intriguing campaign with a few twists and turns to come yet.

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   is he a covert british agent or an overt british agent     independent republican    Sun Sep 18, 2011 00:45 
   President McGuinness     old banger    Sun Sep 18, 2011 04:34 
   Some people are delusional     Jaysus    Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:32 
   How thrilling     Des    Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:25 
   @jaysus     independent republican    Sun Sep 18, 2011 13:23 
   Healy-Ray and Ming Flanagan sponsored McGuinness , says it all !     JoeMc    Sun Sep 18, 2011 14:56 
   McGuinness not returning to Stormont ?     Sharon.    Sun Sep 18, 2011 20:57 
   Ouch     Well Well    Sun Sep 18, 2011 22:18 
   We "won" ??     Sharon.    Sun Sep 18, 2011 22:55 
 10   Suck it up.     Tom Williams    Tue Sep 20, 2011 15:38 
 11   @suck it up...     independent republican.    Tue Sep 20, 2011 17:14 
 12   Whatever     Dorothy Gale    Tue Sep 20, 2011 17:26 
 13   Agreed,but...     independent republican.    Tue Sep 20, 2011 17:54 
 14   I am heartened by the debate on this topic.     Gary Barlow    Tue Sep 20, 2011 18:32 
 15   Lets have someone INTERESTING for president     Voter    Tue Sep 20, 2011 21:48 
 16   scrap the presidency     independent republican.    Tue Sep 20, 2011 22:15 
 17   "aside from it being completely unnecessary"     W. Finnerty    Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:58 
 18   N O T A     Well Well 2    Wed Sep 21, 2011 20:23 
 19   ???     Tom Williams    Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:56 
 20   Early Retirement     Redundant Republican    Thu Sep 22, 2011 16:20 
 21   Martin McGuinness hoping to be Irish president for 2016     Go On Martin    Thu Sep 22, 2011 17:30 
 22   The "Martin McGuinness" war on Irish radio wires     radio republican    Thu Sep 22, 2011 18:09 
 23   for the record,martin is not a republican...     independent republican    Thu Sep 22, 2011 19:05 
 24   Martin has a very good chance of becoming the next Irish president     Go On Martin    Tue Sep 27, 2011 08:59 
 25   All the Presidents men     Pete Bog    Tue Sep 27, 2011 20:39 
 26   timing was not right until 9/11     reb    Tue Sep 27, 2011 20:52 
 27   Nonsense     Pete Bog    Tue Sep 27, 2011 22:03 
 28   Martin McGuinness as Irish president is taking democracy to its logical conclusion     Marty 4 prez    Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:54 
 29   Ray Darcy chats to Martin McGuinness     Ray Darcy    Wed Sep 28, 2011 13:18 
 30   Norris is seen as more of a threat it seems     Pacino    Thu Sep 29, 2011 06:00 
 31   We did not ask to be occupied     owainglyndwr1416    Thu Sep 29, 2011 23:47 
 32   the one no-one seems to spot...     opus diablos    Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:54 
 33   indeed, dustin might be a better president than most of these lot     Lefty    Sat Oct 01, 2011 00:31 
 34   mary had a little lamb     opus diablos    Sun Oct 02, 2011 13:19 
 35   Fiction is stranger than truth: WHY?     Redundant Republican    Sun Oct 02, 2011 20:07 
 36   you seem fixated, RR..     opus diablos    Wed Oct 05, 2011 15:41 
 37   WHY? Read on!     Redundant Republican    Wed Oct 05, 2011 22:11 
 38   Why     Joe    Wed Oct 05, 2011 23:25 
 39   Martin McGuinness could very well do it,     Dunk    Thu Oct 06, 2011 22:29 
 40   Robert Ballagh, Colm Meaney, Roddy Collins, Peter Canavan, Peter Sheridan... all behind Martin     Robert Ballagh endorses Martin McG    Thu Oct 06, 2011 23:19 
 41   Sad     Joe    Fri Oct 07, 2011 23:47 

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