Higgins Rejects Claims That He Is Too Old

Labour’s presidential candidate Michael D Higgins has described suggestions that he is too old to be president as “crude” .

Higgins was rejecting suggestions that the reason Sean Gallagher had overtaken him in the latest Red C opinion poll was due to the age-groups to which they were appealing.

He said he has been winning support from youth groups all over the country, and the previous Red C polls indicated that the biggest significant gains he was making was among young people.

Higgins said the real issue was the significant differences between himself and Independent candidate Gallagher.

He said their differences were that he was bringing essential requirements to the presidency, including a knowledge of how the constitution works; that he was a Cabinet minister; that he was president of the council of culture ministers; and that he spent time in a ministry that created thousands of jobs in the film industry.


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