Mitchell still believes he can win

“I don’t believe in polls. We are going to win if you (the Fine Gael grass roots) decide we are going to win this election,” Fine Gael Presidential candidate, Gay Mitchell confidentiy assured his supporters during his visit to Carrick-on-Shannon last Friday.

“I don’t believe in polls. We are going to win if you (the Fine Gael grass roots) decide we are going to win this election,” Fine Gael Presidential candidate, Gay Mitchell confidentiy assured his supporters during his visit to Carrick-on-Shannon last Friday.

By Leonie McKiernan

Despite a relatively disapointing showing in national polls, the Fine Gael candidate said that polls did not always give an accurate idea of what would happen on polling day, pointing out that he had been ranked as an outsider in the Dublin election for the European Parliament and instead he had topped the poll.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer, Mr Mitchell stressed that the election for president was totally different from other elections in that “it’s for the only one-person institution in the State”.

He said that the President should be someone who knows the job, who knows the constitution and understands what is needed to fill the role as well as someon who has life experience in representing the Irish people.

“I am no stranger to hardship,” he said, “and my experiences, both personal and political, are what is needed now. I’m the safest pair of hands to lead this country.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.