Star pours cold water on plan to run for FF
Published 15/12/2010 | 05:00
Fianna Fail was hit with another pre-election setback last night when a high-profile celebrity businessman said he won't be running for the party.
'Dragons' Den' TV star Sean Gallagher confirmed to the Irish Independent that he has turned down Fianna Fail's approaches to be a candidate in Co Louth -- after Justice Minister Dermot Ahern's announcement of his retirement.
The businessman said he was honoured to be invited to seek the nomination, but his focus was on "helping to promote and develop enterprise and employment opportunities".
"I feel that I can best make my contribution by using my skills and abilities to promote a positive message of enterprise, opportunity, co-operation and confidence," he said.
A Fianna Fail source said Mr Gallagher would have to give up a lot if he was to enter politics, including his business, media activities and public speaking.
Mr Gallagher is a long-time Fianna Fail activist and member of the party's national executive.
Meanwhile, Fianna Fail has only one nomination from a Carlow contender interested in running for the party.
Carlow-Kilkenny TD MJ Nolan warned that his native county might be left without Dail representation, in the wake of his decision to step down from national politics after the next election.
Only one person's name remains in the race to run for Fianna Fail in Co Carlow -- Jennifer Murnane O'Connor.
But it emerged last night that a second councillor, Fianna Fail's John Pender, may now be interested. Mr Pender said he was "coming under extreme pressure" from party colleagues to express an interest.