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Race for the Áras

O'Dowd will seek support of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil: report

The New York-based journalist and publisher will travel to Ireland this week to gauge support for a presidential run.

JOURNALIST NIALL O’DOWD will seek the endorsements of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil to contest the presidential election in the Autumn according to a report today.

The Sunday Business Post reports that the founder of the New York-based Irish Voice newspaper believes that support from the Oireachtas is the only way he could secure a nomination. He would need the support of at least 20 members of the Dáil and Seanad.

O’Dowd will travel to Ireland this week to hold meetings with both parties and independent members to see if he can get enough support for a campaign which would focus on the theme of job creation and the role of the Irish diaspora internationally in contributing to the economic recovery, according to the paper.

Sinn Féin has already indicated it will not be running an official party candidate whilst Fianna Fáil has yet to decide whether it will run a candidate with suggestions that it will not given its position in the national political sphere.

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