Front-runner bows out before race to Áras begins

Front-runner in the most recent poll of potential candidates for Irish President, Gay Byrne, has told RTÉ News that he will not be entering the race.  From the RTÉ report

Describing it as a ‘worthy objective’, he sent best wishes to all the other candidates in the race and anyone else who may enter it.

Mr Byrne said there was no particular reason why he had decided not to run.

He said the option of running was foisted on him and he had not known anything about it and what it would involve.

He said he therefore had to take advice from a number of people before making a decision.

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