Mac ahead of rivals

MAIREAD McGuinness has pushed ahead of her three party rivals in the race to secure the Fine Gael party nomination according to an Irish Independent opinion poll.

MAIREAD McGuinness has pushed ahead of her three party rivals in the race to secure the Fine Gael party nomination according to an Irish Independent opinion poll.

On a question of which Fine Gael candidate would be best positioned to win the Presidency, Ms McGuinness came out on top four months into the campaign proper.

The Ireland East MEP came ahead of her rivals with 26pc, followed by Pat Cox on 19pc, Gay Mitchell on 14pc and Avril Doyle on 9pc.

Meanwhile, Peter Fitzpatrick was one of the first to sign the nomination papers of MEP Mairéad McGuinness as part of her bid to win the Fine Gael nomination to run for the presidency. They were attending the County Louth Agricultural Show at the Dundalk Stadium.

Thanking him and other public representatives who are supporting her she said she was confident that she would secure the support needed under her Party’s constitution and rules to go forward – 20 members of the Parliamentary party, 30 Councillors and 5 members of the Executive Council.

“I am gratified with the level of support I am receiving,” the MEP said.

Last week, McGuinness was on hand with Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald yesterday at the Parent Graduation Ceremony for The Incredible Years at Dundalk Town Hall.

McGuinness described the Incredible Years project as an excellent model for others.