Rebecca Maguire, Miss Wright Venue and the first runner-up in the national pageant, is the new Miss Ireland 2012 after the tittle winner Marie Hughes was asked to step down for violation of age requirement for Miss World Pageant. She is 20 years old and will represent Ireland in Miss World 2012 Pageant to be held in China this August.
Rebecca Maguire (L) is the new Miss Ireland 2012
According to the rules of Miss World Organization, candidates must be between 16 and 24 years of age. According to the official announcement at time of crowning, Marie Hughes is 21 years old, which is not a violation of age requirement. However, it is unclear if Marie Hughes lied in her application paperwork or not.