IRELAND SOUTH FINE GAEL MEP Seán Kelly is considering running for president and says he has the support of politicians and sporting communities.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, the former GAA president said he would be honoured if chosen to run.

“A lot of people have asked me about it. I will think about it. A couple of people in the parliamentary party have said ‘are you considering it, you should throw your hat in the ring if it comes up’.”

The two-time MEP says he, and likely the Fine Gael party, will hold off making a decision until President Michael D Higgins announces whether he will seek a second term.

“I see nothing at all wrong with the present incumbent. If he wants to consider running again, he should be allowed to do so.

“A lot of people have asked me about it. I will think about it. Fine Gael members at meetings have said it to me, people involved in sport have too.

The Fine Gael leadership had not discussed it with him yet, said the MEP.

Mr Kelly won 83,000 first preference votes in the last European elections. He was also elected in 2009. The former teacher played a key role as GAA president in opening up Croke Park to soccer and rugby.