Bannon backs Mitchell for president

Local Fine Gael Deputy James Bannon has voiced his support for presidential hopeful Gay Mitchell who was selected by the party at the weekend to run in the race for the Aras.

Local Fine Gael Deputy James Bannon has voiced his support for presidential hopeful Gay Mitchell who was selected by the party at the weekend to run in the race for the Aras.

“Gay is a very good candidate,” Deputy Bannon told the Leader. “He wasn’t my first choice, I was for Mairéad and I made no secret of that, but Gay has vast experience in Europe and would make a very good president.”

Asked if the the Fine Gael presidential nominee had the expertise to deal with the loss of Ireland’s economic sovereignty to the IMF, Deputy Bannon said that the experience and knowledge that Mitchell gained in Europe would “stand to him on all those issues”. “Gay comes from a major centre of population and he is head and shoulders above the rest of the candidates,” explained Deputy Bannon. “He has vast political experience in Ireland and in Europe and has served on a number of committees in Europe down through the years, so I would be very confident that he will be able to bring all that experience to the table.”

With regard to McGuinness’s failure to nab the party nomination, Deputy Bannon said, that while he was disappointed, he was in no doubt, that she had “a very bright future in politics”. He said he was “very confident” that Mr Mitchell would be successful in the election later this year.