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Miriam O'Callaghan rules herself out of presidential bid

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan has officially ruled herself out of a presidential bid

JOURNALIST Miriam O'Callaghan has announced that she will not stand in an upcoming Irish presidential election.

The RTÉ broadcaster last night rejected speculation she was preparing to make a presidential bid.

Bookmaker Boylesports had dropped its odds on Ms O'Callaghan becoming the next president following news she was to take a break from her summer chat show.

Ms O'Callaghan did not directly address the speculation until last night.

On a statement posted on Twitter, she said she would always be independent of any political party.

"Over recent years, I've been touched and a little embarrassed when people have approached me at charity events around the country and suggested that I should run for President," she wrote.

"Out of respect to them, and to our serving President, I have always declined to engage in those discussions.

"However, given the recent resurgence of speculation, I want to state that I will not be a candidate in an upcoming Presidential election.

"I would also like to make clear that I have always been, and will always remain, independent of any political party.

"I'm looking forward to spending the summer working on a landmark documentary about the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in the North and the Troubles, a place and a story that I've covered in depth throughout my career."

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