Ex-Áras candidate Sean Gallagher asks county councils to clear time to discuss nominations

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He mentioned that this may assist to make sure a “truthful taking part in subject for all potential candidates” contesting Michael D Higgins.

FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Sean Gallagher has written to all the councils in Eire asking that they formally put aside time to debate nominations for the president of Eire.

Right now, Michael D Higgins confirmed that he’ll search a second time period within the Áras, with most of the major events not but indicating in the event that they’ll run a candidate towards the Labour man.

A candidate wants the help of 20 Oireachtas members or 4 native authorities to get on the poll, which might be held in October.

To this point, impartial senator Gerard Craughwell is probably the most high-profile doubtless opponent for Higgins.

Gallagher, a businessman finest identified for his appearances on the Dragon’s Den programme, was the shock front-runner for a lot of the 2011 marketing campaign however misplaced out to Higgins within the election.

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As I mentioned repeatedly in the course of the course of the 2011 Presidential Election, it’s vital for everybody in public life to facilitate the method by which extra candidates are inspired to return ahead to extra totally mirror the various and altering Eire we now dwell in. pic.twitter.com/UZm5TV0RU1

— Seán Gallagher (@seangallagher1) July 10, 2018


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In his letter to the mayor and cathaoirleach of every native authority at present, he instructed that they formally schedule a nomination for the presidential election on the agendas of their September council assembly.

Gallagher mentioned he had been contacted by numerous councillors from native authorities across the nation who’d expressed concern concerning the “very restricted time-frame” that now exists to permit a potential candidate obtain a nomination.

He mentioned: “Within the curiosity of democracy and the widest electoral alternative attainable, I’d attraction to you to make sure that you and your council colleagues train your constitutional proper to appoint a candidate for those who so want.”

Councils doing this may assist to make sure “a good taking part in subject for all potential candidates” and make sure that the “workplace of President of Eire is to not be dictated by the slender pursuits of political events performing to stop a democratic contest”, Gallagher mentioned.

As I mentioned repeatedly in the course of the course of the 2011 presidential election, it’s vital for everybody in public life to facilitate the method by which extra candidates are inspired to return ahead to extra totally mirror the various and altering Eire we now dwell in.

Fianna Fáil has mentioned it will again Higgins for re-election, whereas Nice Gael are set to substantiate its stance tomorrow. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has already indicated he’s prone to again Higgins for a second time period.