Kevin Sharkey confirmed for presidential nominee presentations in Carlow

Any other candidates have until noon on Friday to let their attendance be known

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett


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Kevin Sharkey vying to become a citizen president

Artist Kevin Sharkey will be among the prospective presidential candidates to come before elected members of Carlow County Council at a special meeting on August 15, it has been confirmed this evening. 

To date Senator Joan Freeman and Dragons' Den star and businessman Gavin Duffy have contacted the Council looking to make their pitch for a nomination from the local authority. 

Any other candidates wishing to appear before the special meeting next Wednesday have until noon on Friday to let their attendance be known.

A presidential election is expected to be held in October if candidates receive the backing of 20 or more Oireachtas members or four or more local authorities.

If elected, Mr Sharkey - a former TV presenter - would become the first black Uactarán na hÉireann.

Carlow Live previously reported that the county's local authority would hold a presidential nominee meeting on August 15, but formal nominations won't be made until after the presidential election order is made

President Michael D Higgins recently confirmed his intention to seek a second term in Arás an Uachtaráin. As the office holder, he does not need to be nominated by Oireachtas members or councils.