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Sunday 22 July 2018

Yes he can, Marty for President is an internet sensation

CHUFFED: 'I'm flattered at support'

THE MARTY For President campaign has become an internet sensation.

And no one is enjoying the fun more than Marty himself -- who is indulging fans by playing presidential music on his Lyric FM show.

The bid to get Marty running for the Aras has led to a dedicated Facebook page.

Lyric FM's star presenter told the Herald today: "I'm flattered that so many people on Facebook, and even my own listeners, are urging me to run.

"I'm enjoying the fun of it and I think the people behind the campaign page on Facebook are having fun with it.

"I don't even have a Facebook page to be honest but it seems like I have a bit of support. I'll make an announcement in a few days, but I won't say anymore than that."

RTE itself has been awash with presidential speculation in recent months, with the earliest name to enter the frame being that of Prime Time host Miriam O'Callaghan.

She topped several early public polls but declined to make any comment on the matter now, because of her position as a current affairs presenter.







Extraordinary

When asked about a potential run last August, she said: "It would be such an extraordinary and unimaginable honour that I wouldn't dare talk about it."

Pat Kenny is also out of the running after he was slapped on the wrist for endorsing his pal Gay Byrne, who subsequently dropped out. And Joe Duffy is also understood to have ruled himself out, despite receiving strong support from X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

It now seems the most likely chance of an "RTE" President will be in former commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh.

Mr O Muircheartaigh was not available for comment today but it is understood he is discussing a potential run with his family.

The Herald was the first to reveal that the 80-year-old Kerry man was keen on running for the Aras earlier this month. "I will give it a bit of consideration but it's a major undertaking," he said.

"I won't spend too much time, usually when I give something a thought I make a decision [but] I have never been involved in a thing like this and it was never my intention." He said he would decide "within days" whether to declare his intentions, but that if he did run it would be as an independent candidate.

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