By Noel Dundon
North Tipperary County Council has deferred making a decision on who to back for the Presidential election until after next Monday when businessman Sean Gallagher is to address the elected representatives.
The Dragons Den TV star turned his back on North Tipperary in favour of Cavan County Council this week and informed the local authority on Friday that he would not be able to attend the scheduled meeting which featured presentations from Senator David Norris and Mary Davis who are also seeking the councils nomination. However, Mr Gallagher requested a meeting with the council on Monday next and after much debate it was agreed to grant him his wish although there was considerable opposition to the move.
Both Senator Norris and Mary Davis were questioned extensively by members after their presentations and engaged with the public representatives who must make a decision after Monday next on who to nominate for the Presidential race. The nomination cannot be formally put forward until after the Presidential Order is made, but the council can make it’s intentions known in advance. Of course, there is no compulsion on the council to nominate anybody, but it is quite unlikely that they will go down this route.
Senator Norris gave a gilt edged guarantee to members that “the people of Ireland will not be ashamed of me if I am elected as President” while Mary Davis who is well known for her ethos of volunteerism through Special Olympics Ireland, said that she would be attempting to bring Arus an Uachtarain to the towns and villages of Ireland should she be elected President.
The candidates were questioned on such issues as abortion, the Irish language, promotion of business and economic recovery, and Ireland’s role in Europe.
North Tipperary County Council will likely make the decision on who to back after Monday’s meeting following Mr Gallaghers presentation.