Wednesday 11 December 2019

New York based Niall O’Dowd drops bid to be next President


New York based publisher and journalist Niall O’Dowd has pulled out of the race to become the next President of Ireland.

The Co Louth native, who runs The Irish Voice and has lived in the United States for 25 years , said today that he would not be proceeding with his nomination bid as an independent candidateas it was too big a logistical challenge.

He said that it would cost €500,000 to mount a campaign and with a system favouring political parties as they have the correct structure, he would be very surprised if an independent candidate could crack that.

“I didn’t end up asking Sinn Fein or Fianna Fail for support. If I had asked I believe I would have got a favourable response. I had strong indications that they would have supported me.

“The reason I didn’t run was not because I didn’t think I’d get the nomination. I was quite confident of that. The reason I didn’t run was because I didn’t think I would win it,” he told Morning Ireland.

A recent Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll revealed that Mr O’Dowd (58) was way down the field of candidates with just 3pc support.

David Norris topped the poll at 21pc with the paedophilia comments controversy having no impact on his bid. He was followed by Labour candidate Michael D. Higgins at 19pc, Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness at 10pc, Pat Cox at 7pc and Avril Doyle and Gay Mitchell at 3pc and 2pc.

Of the Independents Sean Gallagher was on 6pc and Mary Davis was on 3pc.

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