LOCAL Dragon’s Den star Sean Gallagher is close to “declaring himself in” for a bid for the presidency later this year.
The 48-year-old entrepreneur, who lives in Dundalk, looks set to put his name forward as an independent candidate to replace Mary McAleese in Áras an Uachtaráin in response to what he described as “consistent calls” on him from people in business, community organisations and disability groups.
A founder and former chief executive of the award-winning Smarthomes company, Gallagher will now be required to go the route of Senator David Norris, who is seeking an independent nomination. This will require the support of 20 TDs and senators in the Oireachtas, or four county councils.
The former Louth County Enterprise Board chairman is being backed by independent Senator and businessman Feargal Quinn who, he said, shares his vision for the type of presidency that the country needs, and is currently meeting with members of the Oireachtas to secure their support.
Gallagher, who originally hails from Cavan, was a member of the Fianna Fáil party for many years and was even tipped to run in the recent General Election following Dermot Ahern’s retirement from politics last November.
“I believe the focus and the theme of the next presidency should be about getting Ireland back to work, restoring our confidence at home and our reputation abroad,” he said.