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It’s time for Celebrity Áras

It’s the game for all the family: who do you think will be the next President of Ireland? The gig is up for grabs next year and the jostling for position has already begun. You will probably have seen a …

Tue, Aug 31, 2010, 12:37

   

It’s the game for all the family: who do you think will be the next President of Ireland? The gig is up for grabs next year and the jostling for position has already begun. You will probably have seen a ton of names put forward for the position, from such seasoned members of the country’s political classes as David Norris, Bertie Ahern and Brian Crowley to such currently non-political figures as Mary Davis and Emily O’Reilly. Doubtless, some of the above will still be in the frame when the posturing ends and the canvassing begins in 2011.

But there have also been a couple of celebrity names thrown into the hat too. At least, Miriam O’Callaghan has had the sense to quickly pour a large bucket of cold water over fevered speculation about her would-be suitability for Áras an Uachtaráin. Elsewhere, though, there has been no such restrain with Liveline (Fergus Finlay topped their list of worthies) to The Star (Georgia Salpa is their girl for the Park) getting in on the act. And to think that this gig used to be considered to be just the job for retired Fianna Fail lads looking to improve their golf handicap. Yes, Ireland has moved on. Sort of.

Seeing as Ben Frow and TV3 have not returned our calls about Celebrity Áras, a show where a bunch of would-be presidents are stuck in a caravan park in November and the population gets to decide which of them wins free bed and board for seven years in a mansion in the biggest park in Dublin (just imagine the ratings!), OTR is giving readers the chance to decide who gets the job. The rules are simple: the nominees have to be Irish citizens and over 35 years of age. Get picking!