Thursday 14 November 2019

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Gavin Duffy

Gavin Duffy

Party Independent
Age 58

Wayne O’Connor

Another former Dragons’ Den star, Mr Duffy is a public relations guru with a background in radio and business. The 58-year-old was born in Kildare, lives in Meath and has carried out much of his work in Co Louth.

The entrepreneur was a founder of LMFM radio, has done broadcast work with RTÉ and has been involved in more than 40 start-up businesses and companies. His consultancy and communications work has seen him work in political and business arenas. He has advised former Taoisigh and chaired the Fine Gael leadership debates between Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney last year. He is a regular MC at events and a frequent business commentator.

He married his business partner Orlaith Carmody in 1993 and has four children.

Key messages

Mr Duffy has promised to build a campaign around supporting Ireland’s young people and creating a safe country for an ageing population.

He has promised to set up an ‘Ireland International Youth Corps’ encouraging young people aged between 18 and 25 to take part in volunteering and training programmes to develop personal skills and support communities.

Much of his campaign has also focused on creating awareness around societal issues. He has promised to shine a light on social media companies failing to protect children online, even though the president has no legislative powers to do so, by creating awareness and speaking with EU counterparts about the problem.

Likely Strengths

Mr Duffy has admitted that he has been able to fund his campaign himself, allowing him more time and energy to focus on the issues he wants to address should he be elected.

He has also demonstrated a good understanding of the role compared to some of his rivals and showed he is aware of the president’s constitutional role and the powers held (or not held) by and office holder.

Weaknesses

A controversy over his involvement in a road traffic collision and a number of driving infringements overshadowed part of his campaign.

Bookies odds

Markets have him placed at prices of between 33/1 and 50/1.

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