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Ireland Ex-Áras candidate Sean Gallagher asks county councils to clear time to discuss nominations

19:15  10 july  2018
19:15  10 july  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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The Irish presidential election of 2011 was the thirteenth presidential election to be held in Ireland, and the first to be contested by a record seven candidates . It was held on Thursday, 27 October 2011.

Council nominations . A number of independent politicians sought support from local authorities, and four candidates were nominated by the resolutions of four or more councils ^ " Gallagher tries to put Áras campaign back on course". The Irish Times .

Sean Gallagher © Sam Boal Rollingnews.ie Sean Gallagher FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Sean Gallagher has written to all of the councils in Ireland asking that they formally set aside time to discuss nominations for the president of Ireland.

Gallagher has not said, however, whether he wishes to contest the election himself.

Today, Michael D Higgins confirmed that he will seek a second term in the Áras, with many of the main parties not yet indicating if they’ll run a candidate against the Labour man.

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A candidate needs the support of 20 Oireachtas members or four local authorities to get on the ballot, which would be held in October.

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Independent candidate Seán Gallagher has received two official nominations to contest the Presidential election. Mark O'Mahony, Richard McSweeney and Dermot Mulqueen also sought the support of Cork County Council in the race for the Áras .

The seven candidates were Mary Davis , Seán Gallagher , Michael D. Higgins , Martin McGuinness A number of councils scheduled special meetings to consider presidential nominations prior to the deadline of midday on 28 September 2011. "Independents unlikely to nominate Áras candidate ".

So far, independent senator Gerard Craughwell is the most high-profile likely opponent for Higgins.

Gallagher, a businessman best known for his appearances on the Dragon’s Den programme, was the surprise front-runner for much of the 2011 campaign but lost out to Higgins in the election.

In his letter to the mayor and cathaoirleach of each local authority today, he suggested that they formally schedule a nomination for the presidential election on the agendas of their September council meeting.

Gallagher said he had been contacted by a large number of councillors from local authorities around the country who’d expressed concern about the “very limited time frame” that now exists to allow a prospective candidate receive a nomination.

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Council nominations . A number of independent politicians sought support from local authorities, and four candidates were nominated by the resolutions of four or more councils ^ " Gallagher tries to put Áras campaign back on course". The Irish Times .

"Independents unlikely to nominate Áras candidate ". ^ " Gallagher tries to put Áras campaign back on course". The Irish Times . Seán Gallagher (born 7 July 1962), is an Irish entrepreneur, businessman and 2011 presidential candidate from County …

He said: “In the interest of democracy and the widest electoral choice possible, I would appeal to you to ensure that you and your council colleagues exercise your constitutional right to nominate a candidate if you so wish.”

Councils doing this would help to ensure “a fair playing field for all potential candidates” and ensure that the “office of President of Ireland is not to be dictated by the narrow interests of political parties acting to prevent a democratic contest”, Gallagher said.

As I said repeatedly during the course of the 2011 presidential election, it is vital for everyone in public life to facilitate the process by which more candidates are encouraged to come forward to more fully reflect the diverse and changing Ireland we now live in.

Fianna Fáil has said it would back Higgins for re-election, while Fine Gael are set to confirm its stance tomorrow. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has already indicated he’s likely to back Higgins for a second term.

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