Fine Gael MEP for Ireland East Mairead Mc Guinness has announced that she is seeking her party's nomination for the Presidency.

Ms McGuinness told an audience in Athy, Co Kildare this evening that she had thought long and hard about her decision, and would be delighted and honoured if given the opportunity by Fine Gael to run for the Presidency.

The former journalist and broadcaster has been a MEP since 2004.