Sunday 17 December 2017

Gallagher reveals his plan to bring dirty nappies and pitter-patter of tiny feet to the Aras

with wife
O'Connor (in
red) on the
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Sean Gallagher with wife Trish O'Connor (in red) on the campaign trail in Killarney yesterday
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Majella O'Sullivan

IF elected president, Sean Gallagher could bring something to Aras an Uachtarain that no other candidate can -- dirty nappies and the pitter-patter of tiny feet.

The Independent candidate revealed yesterday that he and his wife Trish hope to start a family and he pointed out that, if elected president, they'd be the first babies to be born to a serving president of Ireland.

Mr Gallagher and his wife Trish O'Connor married in August of last year.

The Kanturk-born former Lancome sales representative was by his side on the canvass in Kerry yesterday.

"Please God, we're married now 14 months and it would be both our wish to start a family," Mr Gallagher told the Irish Independent.

But there were some grown-up issues to be faced yesterday too. Mr Gallagher's Fianna Fail past remains a sticking point, and he was asked when exactly he left the party and why he had pledged support to Fianna Fail general secretary Sean Dorgan when he resigned from the executive on January 5, 2011.

"My words were that I wished them well in their challenging time but I identified in the letter that I was busy working with community and voluntary groups, supporting small start-up companies and those who are struggling to survive and to sustain and create employment and that has been my focus in recent years," he added.

He said it was "part of his philosophy" to offer support to everybody and he had done the same recently when he met Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

He said he was also happy to clarify the timeline and when exactly he did leave Fianna Fail.

"I did attend two meetings of the party's executive in July and December 2009. I stepped down then as a member of the Ravensdale Cumann in Co Louth on March 1, 2010," he said.

"I then signaled verbally in September 2010 that I was stepping down as a member of the executive and I formally put that in writing in order to allow the executive to replace me and that happened on January 5, 2011."

Yesterday on the campaign trail in Killarney, Tralee, and Listowel Mr Gallagher met with people who told him they "knew him from the telly" but he involuntarily turned his eyes to heaven when it was put to him that Fine Gael candidate Gay Mitchell had described him as a "celebrity candidate".

Theresa Warren, who is training to be a receptionist, told him her friend pitched an idea on the Dragons' Den show but he didn't go for it.

"Did she think we were very mean after that?" Mr Gallagher inquired.

Irish Independent

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