Thursday 14 December 2017

Loyal Gallagher supporters play the waiting game

Marese McDonagh

HE may have the wind at his back according to the latest opinion polls, but entrepreneur Sean Gallagher was two hours late for an official engagement last night.

But 70 or so loyal supporters waited for their man at the SelfStart Today exhibition in Sligo last night, some wearing bright blue "Sean Gallagher for an Independent President" shirts.

"He is aloof from the bitterness and the cantankerousness of the campaign," event organiser Ciaran McCarthy said.

And he was certainly among friends here.

One of Gallagher's keenest supporters was local farmer Seamus Walsh from Maugherow. He went to agricultural college with the candidate in Ballyhaise, Co Cavan 30 years ago, but he admitted success had changed the man a little.

"When I saw you on 'Dragon's Den' I said, 'Where is the hair gone?'," he joked.

Collooney woman Trudi Shiels, who worked for Gallagher for five years in his company Smart Homes, said simply: "I would do anything for Sean -- he is an angel.

"When my husband was ill with cancer and when he died, Sean was so supportive. He is so enthusiastic and so straight. I would absolutely trust him," she said.

Maura Garvey said the first time she heard Gallagher speak, "The hair stood up on the back of my neck."

Irish Independent

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