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aras 2018

Gavin Duffy secures presidential nomination from Meath County Council

Those hoping to be candidates need the support of four local authorities or 20 members of the Oireachtas.

90334595_90334595 Gavin Duffy Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

GAVIN DUFFY HAS secured the first nomination from a local authority to contest the upcoming presidential election.

The businessman has the backing of Meath County Council, securing 17 votes from councillors. In a statement released after the vote, Duffy said that he was delighted to have secured the nomination.

He added that he has been “heartened” by other meetings with councillors across the country.

“I believe this process has been enriching for both the councillors and the prospective candidates as it has provided a platform where those putting themselves forward have been probed on their ambitions for the role as First Citizen.”

“I look forward to addressing other councils in the coming weeks and outlining my vision for the Presidency, including my five pillars which centre on establishing an International Youth Corps; expanding Age Friendly Initiative; commitment to diversity and inclusion; the need to engage in a national conversation in restoring respect for one another and my commitment if elected President to boost investment into Ireland and help Irish companies increase overseas exports.”

At the same meeting today, fellow potential nominees businessman Sean Gallagher and independent Senator Joan Freeman received seven and two votes respectively.

Sinn Féin abstained from the vote as did four other councillors, local councillor Caroline Lynch said.

Those hoping to contest the election need the support of four local authorities or 20 members of the Oireachtas.

A number of prospective candidates have been making their cases to various local authorities today, including councils in Leitrim, Wicklow, Kerry and Cork.

Incumbent Michael D Higgins is seeking a second term in office. A list of those hoping to contest the election, which will be held on 26 October, can be read here

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