Keep age limit for presidential candidates in place

By Esther Hayden

Published 12/05/2015 | 00:00

Padge Reck.
Padge Reck.
Pat Codd.

The prospect of lowering the age of presidential candidates from 35 years to 21 years would be totally 'nonsense'.

Former councillors Padge Reck and Pat Codd believe that anyone running for election should have a little more experience under their belts.

Padge Reck said he is 'totally opposed' to any lowering of the age for presidential candidates. '21 is absolutely too young. It's absolute nonsense. I've met 25 year old who haven't grown up yet. People at 21 years of age want to have a life that's my general view.

'I was approached to get into politics when I was 19 years of age but I refused because I made the point that I had to have a bit of a life first. Imagine a 21 year old person going into the Aras and meeting presidents and dignitaries etc. I'd say they'd be bored stiff.'

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'I wouldn't take the job (of President) if I was 71 years never mind 21! I wouldn't take it for any money. I have no time for all that pomp and ceremony. But that's beside the point.

'People wanting to become president need to have lived, to have been through the university of life. You can be educated with all the degrees in the world but if you haven't got life experience you will be lacking in certain aspects of life.

'There are a lot of things that will happen to you in life that you won't learn about in school and it's only when they happen that you learn from them. If you look at the Wexford people caught up in the earthquake in Nepal....those people were all confronted with something the likes of which they had never experienced before and it was knowing how to react having been through the university of life that probably saved them.

'Education has nothing to do with learning and there's a huge difference between education and learning and the only way you can learn is by living.

'If you look at government's dealing with budgets...if you haven't been a person who had been hungry you can't make a judgement for people who are. In Ireland several government have been made up of wealthy people and they are making decision for people who are living in poverty. They don't know what it's like not to have the price of a cup of tea.

'At 21 years of age people wouldn't be interested in attending meetings or being at everyone's beck and call. You want to be out enjoying life.'

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Pat Codd is off the one mind and believes presidential candidates shouldn't be younger than 35 years of age.

'I'd be a bit worried about lowering the age of prospective presidential candidates. Personally I think it should be left at 35 years of age. I think 21 years of age is too young for someone to become president to be honest. I don't know why we would need to lower the age at all.

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