Gallagher disappointed Council used Presidential nomination as ‘political football’

Dragons Den presenter and Independent presidential hopeful, Sean Gallagher, said he was “disappointed” his bid for nomination by Leitrim County Council last Monday evening had been “turned into a political football by Fine Gael”.

Dragons Den presenter and Independent presidential hopeful, Sean Gallagher, said he was “disappointed” his bid for nomination by Leitrim County Council last Monday evening had been “turned into a political football by Fine Gael”.

By Leonie McKiernan

He thanked Cllr Enda Stenson for putting forward the motion on his behalf and “the majority of those councillors here present who wanted to support my bid for nomination”.

“I think that it is important at this time, that the role of president is seen as being above party politics,” he told reporters following the meeting adding that he wanted to “bring new life and drive” to the position.

He stressed the need to repair the reputation of Ireland internationally and also pointed out the importance of restoring hope to the people of Ireland and working constructively to create jobs so that people would not have to face unemployment and emigration.

“I see a return to community spirit, to generating that sense of belonging, that pride in your locality, your county and your country, as a huge aspect of our recovery as a nation,” he said.

“We need to focus on creating jobs and it is this community spirit that will be the glue that holds communities together, that gives us the drive to fight for recovery.”

He stressed that he was standing as an Independent in the presidential race and said he was disappointed that his bid for nomination had been “turned into a political football”.

“I am disappointed that Fine Gael is trying to put a strangle hold on the democratic process,” he said after it was ruled that the nomination process for Leitrim County Council would be put off until after the presentations of at least two other possible candidates, Senators David Norris and Mary White, were made to the chamber in July.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.