07 Oct 2022

Fifth potential presidential nominee billed at eleventh hour to present in Carlow

Each candidate vying for a nomination will be allowed fifteen minutes to speak

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Carlow County Council offices on the Athy Road

Five presidential hopefuls will present before Carlow County Council from 2.30pm today. 

Independent Senator Joan Freeman, businessman Gavin Duffy, artist Kevin Sharkey, Athlone woman Marie Moylan and now former general election candidate in Galway West, Patrick Feeney, are to make presentations. 

The Council is holding the special meeting for prospective presidential nominees and the first of the four potential candidates confirmed to speak (in alphabetical order) will be Mr Duffy. 

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.

Formal nominations won't be made until after the presidential election order is made and therefore Council members are not likely to vote on a potential candidate until the September meeting of the local authority. 

In a statement on Mr Freeman's late addition, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Cllr Brian O'Donoghue, said the local authority received correspondence from Patrick Feeney on Tuesday requesting an opportunity to present to members on at the August 15 meeting.

Cllr Donoghue said: "After consideration it was agreed by the meetings administrator and I to allow Mr Feeney to attend the meeting.

"Although he missed the deadline of last Friday it was agreed that the candidate had previously expressed a genuine interest in running for the presidency and as the council did not advertise the meeting nationally he could be afforded an opportunity to present, although it would have been preferable if he had contacted the council last week as per the other perspective candidates.

“I wouldn’t like to stop anybody who is genuine, no matter how unorthodox, from presenting to the council, but I would like to keep things as consistent and proper as possible."

It's also been revealed that the Council also had a request to nominate a 'Candidate X' for President but the local authority denied the request. 

The person wouldn't give their name but had their policies included: close every mosque in the county and a commitment to go over to 10 Downing Street and ask for the six counties back. 

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