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O'Dowd looks to SF and FF for presidential backing

Published 20/06/2011 | 13:43

New York-based publisher Niall O'Dowd is hoping to get the backing of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil for his bid to contest this autumn's presidential election.

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The 58-year-old founder of the Irish Voice newspaper believes that support from the Oireachtas is the only way he will be able to secure a nomination. He needs the support of at least 20 members of the Dáil and Seanad.

Speaking on this morning's Pat Kenny show on RTE Radio, O'Dowd said he has had some “very good soundings” from both parties and will hold further discussions with them when he travels to Ireland later this week. “The reality is you gotta fish where the fish are and the only votes for me are with Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin,” he said.

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