I’m In! Duffy To Breathe Fire Into Áras Ballot


Meath Businessman Gavin Duffy has become the fourth candidate to secure a nomination to contest the Presidential election. He secured the backing of Waterford City and County Council today and now has the required quota of four councils.

Duffy will now join his Dragon’s Den co-star Sean Gallagher on the ballot paper. Senator Joan Freeman and incumbent Michael D. Higgins will also run in the election on October 26th.

Half of Waterford’s elected representatives attended this morning’s Special Meeting in Dungarvan to discuss the Presidential bids.

They heard from Journalist Gemma O’Doherty, Marylin Monroe impersonator Sarah Louise Mulligan, Peter Casey – another former Dragon and John O’Hare from Newry who only declared his intention to run last night.

Artist Kevin Sharkey withdrew in the early hours of this morning. Gavin Duffy was chosen over Gemma O’Doherty by 14 votes to 2. He received the support of Fianna Fàil, Fine Gael and Labour.

Presidential Election: Tallies

Michael D Higgins: To nominate himself.

Seán Gallagher: Five endorsements from Roscommon, Mayo, Leitrim, Wexford, Cavan.

Joan Freeman: Four endorsements from Cork City, Fingal, Galway County, Galway City.

Gavin Duffy: Four endorsements from Waterford, Meath, Carlow, Wicklow.