Facebook users show support for ex-minister
A Facebook campaign in support of Willie O'Dea has 160 members.
And some 90pc of those who have signed up to the 'Willie O'Dea for President' page are young women.
Mr O'Dea, who resigned as Defence Minister last Thursday, was recently voted one of the sexiest men in his native Limerick in a local newspaper poll.
Fans of the ex-minister included Dublin watering spots Buck Whaleys and the Gin Palace, and Galway's Harbour Hotel yesterday.
The page was set up by local man John McEvoy, a stalwart supporter of Mr O'Dea. "He is the best thing that ever hit Limerick city," he said.
"When he comes up for election . . . I'll give him my number one. He has done me favours. He's cool."