Tags: EU | Ireland | IRA | Candidate

Ex-IRA Commander McGuinness Seeks Irish Presidency

Sunday, 18 Sep 2011 12:30 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

DUBLIN — A former Irish Republican Army commander, Martin McGuinness, has announced he is running for president of Ireland, facing immediate questions about his IRA past.

The 61-year-old McGuinness said Sunday he would quit this week as the senior Catholic in Northern Ireland's unity government and launch his election campaign in the neighboring Republic of Ireland.

McGuinness announced his move after leaders of the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party formally endorsed him. The Oct. 27 election will decide who succeeds President Mary McAleese as Ireland's symbolic head of state.

Historians and Irish government leaders say McGuinness was a commander of the outlawed IRA for more than three decades, but he has never admitted this. The IRA killed nearly 1,800 people.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Environmental Regulations Leave 800 Miles of Border Unpatrolled

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 11:19 AM

The U.S. Border Patrol is being stymied in its efforts to protect the southern border by federal environmental regulatio . . .

NKorea Threatens Attack on White House

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 11:09 AM

A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accus . . .

Trump: Border Crisis 'Concerted Effort' to Get Kids Into the System

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 10:51 AM

The immigration crisis at the southern border "has to be some kind of concerted effort" by President Barack Obama to get . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved