McGuinness family portrait on Presidential election flyers

Fri, 14/10/2011 - 14:01 -- Editor

Irish presidency hopeful Martin McGuinness has released his official election flyers which feature a rare and intimate portrait of his family.

The picture, features Mr McGuinness’ wife Bernie, his two daughters Grainne and Fionnuala, their sons Fiachra and Emmet and their five grandchildren.

In the election promotional material, which is to be sent out to homes across the south, Mr McGuinness says he cherishes the relationship her has developed with Ian Paisley and Peter Robinson and said he will use the presidency to continue building peace.

He says he couldn’t have achieved all he has without the support from his family – his wife Bernie, to whom he has been married to for 37 years, their four children and grandchildren. He said his family live in the community where he was born and raised and repeated his vow to take the average wage if he was to become president.

The six other candidates in the race are Fine Gael's Gay Mitchell, Labour's Michael D Higgins and independents Dana, Mary Davis, Sean Gallagher and David Norris. The south will elect their president on 27 October this year.

Meanwhile Martin McGuinness is third favourite to win the President's post, according to a new poll. Independent candidate Seán Gallagher has moved into the lead in the Presidential election, according to a Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post published at the weekend. The poll suggests that Seán Gallagher has jumped 18 points since the last Red C poll nine days ago, and is leading on 39%, with Michael D Higgins in second place with 27%. and Martin McGuinness down three points to 13%. According to the poll Derry's Dana is trailing last at 2%