Presidential candidate Martin McGuinness continues to garner increasing support from Hollywood in his bid to become Ireland’s next president.
Hollywood stars including Anjelica Huston, Colm Meaney, Fionnula Flanagan, and Roma Downey have all endorsed the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland in the race for the presidency.
The audience heard messages of support from the celebrities during a rally last night in Dublin’s Mansion House, which was hosted by award winning actor Colm Meaney.
Speaking to Pat Kenny on RTE Radio earlier this month, Meaney said Mc Guinness was the man for the job.
“I would support Martin and hopefully he will be there for two terms,” the Hollywood star said of his personal endorsement.
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Speaking from LA, Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan told Newstalk Radio that the former IRA member had the vision for the job.
“He’s a man I’ve known for many years and I know there is a great deal of controversy about his background but I think he’s got smarts, I think he’s got balls, I think he’s got vision” .
Irish folk singer Frances Black also said earlier this month that she is backing the McGuinness campaign.
Celebrity endorsements by Hollywood stars have failed to play a role in any previous Irish election campaign, suggesting the McGuinness camp may been inspired by President Obama’s use of A-list stars to increase his profile.
During the 2008 election, Obama gained support from a host of well known stars including Jennifer Aniston, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, and George Clooney.
The messages of support come as the Sinn Fein candidate makes an appeal on his website for the Irish Diaspora to send video messages of support for his campaign.
Colm Meaney on Martin Mc Guinness:
Fionnuala Flanagan invite to Martin McGuinness rally:
Roma Downey inviting people to Martin McGuinness rally: