Saturday 24 March 2018

Council backs Aras bid by 'Dragon'

Gordon Deegan

BUSINESSMAN and 'Dragons' Den' star Sean Gallagher looks poised to receive the support of Clare County Council to be a presidential candidate.

This comes after he was last night formally endorsed by Longford County Council.

The Clare vote will take place on Monday with one Fianna Fail councillor confirming last night that a whip from the local Fianna Fail group has been imposed on the party's 11 councillors to vote in favour of the Co Cavan man.

Also receiving the support of a number of independents, Mr Gallagher will require the support of a majority of the 32-member council. Mr Gallagher requires four local authorities to back him in order to secure a nomination.

Yesterday in Clare, Mr Gallagher shared a platform with Senator David Norris (Ind), chief executive of the Special Olympics of Ireland Mary Davis, and two unknowns, Ennis man Dermot Mulqueen and Co Carlow man Pat Jones, in making their case as to why the council should nominate them.

In his address, Mr Mulqueen floated the notion that Ireland's administrative capital should be relocated from Dublin to outside Moate in the midlands to get the country moving again, while Mr Jones said he was availing of his free travel pass to drum up support for his nomination, hitting out at the entertainment expenses of the Office of the President.

Mr Norris told the councillors: "I realise I am coming here in the shadow of charges put against me arising from some interviews I have done over the years. The inferences behind these charges I utterly reject."

Clare Mayor Christy Curtin called time on the meeting at 7pm, with an apparent majority of councillors ready to vote for Mr Gallagher.

Irish Independent

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