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Most Irish people have no worries about Michael D's age if he runs for President again

He will be 77 at the time of next year’s election.

Michael D Higgins
Michael D Higgins
Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

THE MAJORITY OF Irish people have no issue with Michael D Higgins running for another term because of his age.

In a poll carried out by Ámarach Research for Claire Byrne Live and TheJournal.ie, 56% of people said that Higgins – who will be 77 at the time of next year’s election – is not to old to remain in the Áras. 38% said he is too old and 6% said they don’t know.

Last week, the president said he “is not ruling out” running for a second term next year.

The former Labour Party TD and arts minister has been popular with the electorate during his time in office.

A presidential election is due to be held in October 2018. If no-one contests the election, Higgins would be given a free run at a second term.

The vast majority of people – 76% – want him to run again, according to an Ireland Thinks/ Irish Daily Mail survey released today.

In another poll carried out for Claire Byrne Live and TheJournal.ie, 86% of people said that they felt Donald Trump’s influence on the world has been negative since his election.

Another poll found 58% of people supported GAA players being allowed benefit from testimonial dinners.

Read: Over 75% of people want Michael D to serve a second term as president

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