Path is cleared for Sallins native Gavin Duffy to run for Presidency

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Path is cleared for Sallins native Gavin Duffy to run for Presidency
15:00 Friday 14th of September 2018

Businessman Gavin Duffy has officially secured a nomination to contest the Presidential Election after receiving the support of four local authorities.

Waterford Council voted to endorse Mr Duffy's bid for the Áras, joining local authorities in Meath, Carlow, Wicklow.

Duffy was born in Sallins in 1960 and his mother Anne Duffy (nee Cooke) ran 'The Gem' shop in Poplar Square in Naas.

His dad Ned was a local pig farmer.

Duffy attended the National School in Sallins but the family later moved to Co Louth.

Duffy today secured 14 votes from Waterford Co Council, with two votes for Gemma O'Doherty and one abstention.

Speaking following his nomination, Mr Duffy said it was great to receive cross-party support from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and independent councillors in Waterford.

He told RTE he was "looking forward to now going out and being able to state my case to the people to go forth and be elected President of Ireland."

Mr Duffy is the third candidate to receive the support of local authorities to enter the race, joining fellow Dragons' Den investor Seán Gallagher and Senator Joan Freeman.

Both Mr Gallagher and Ms Freeman were endorsed by local authorities earlier this week.

A sitting president can nominate themselves to seek a second term and President Michael D Higgins has already indicated he intends to run.

Sinn Féin has also indicated it will nominate a candidate, with the selected individual expected to be announced this weekend.

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