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Back in time: It's ten years since Labour decided NOT to run Michael D for the Áras

Come with us on a journey through time and space … to September 2004.

SEVEN YEARS BEFORE the Labour party chose Michael D Higgins to run for President of Ireland — they chose not to run him.

This was September 2004 — ten years ago this month — and, as Pat Rabbitte (then Labour leader) explains in the clip, the party had other priorities at the time.

Mary McAleese had already announced at this point that she would stand for a second term.

In the end (despite a last-gasp attempt from Dana) no other candidate got the requisite support to enter the election, and an unopposed McAleese began her second term on 1 October that year.

Michael D, of course, went on to secure the Labour nomination in 2011. He’s vowed to serve only one seven-year term in the Phoenix Park, despite being entitled to put himself forward for a second.

Unofficial Irish Video Archive / YouTube

Read: Check out this video of Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke ‘baring his soul’ to the Dáil in 1997

Read: Check out this Dáil row between Charlie Haughey, Dick Spring and John Bruton in 1991


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