Artist Kevin Sharkey has confirmed he wants to run for president and be the first black Uactarán na hÉireann.

The Dublin-born Donegal-raised man says the office of president should do more for homelessness than it currently does.

He says he doesn't believe in running for the Dáil to try and sort out the housing crisis, and is instead aiming for head of state.

The former broadcaster also believes we need to take more control of our borders and immigration while he's also raised concerns about the European Union:

"I've watched as we've increasingly become a snooker ball on the table of European experimental politics. I feel that at the core of it, Irish people have been moved further and further down the line in terms of preference, whether it be for housing or hospital beds. I think this experiment that's going on in Europe is a real danger to our nationality and our customs."