Senator sets out his stall for presidency run

Senator Gerard Craughwell is hoping voters will look kindly on his role in reversing the Good Friday alcohol ban

Senator sets out his stall for presidency run

Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell has said there must be an election for the position of president and has thrown his hat in the ring for the job, 15-08-2017. Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews

An independent senator has vowed to take on President Michael D Higgins should he decide to stand for a second term in office.

On The Pat Kenny Show this morning, Senator Gerard Craughwell said President Higgins should honour his pledge to only serve a single term as president.

President Higgins made the pledge during the 2011 election campaign, however, it has been reported that he would now like to stay on for a second term.

Senator Craughwell told Pat that he will aim to ensure the President does not run unopposed.

He said he believes he stands a chance – even if half the country is unhappy with him for his role in reversing the Good Friday alcohol ban.

“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.

In order to enter the race, Senator Craughwell will need the backing of at least 20 TDs and senators or four local authorities.