Laois councillors want to hear pitches from Presidential candidates

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Laois councillors want to hear pitches from Presidential candidates

Potential Presidential candidates invited to pitch to Laois Council for support

Laois councillors are inviting candidates seeking nomination as the next President of Ireland, to come to Laois and pitch to them.

Candidates who have announced their interest in running for President against Michael D Higgins, include Dragon’s Den businessman Gavin Duffy, Pieta House and founder Senator Joan Freeman and retired Aer Lingus employee Patrick Feeney.

Last week Waterford County Council was the first in Ireland to hear their pitches.

Candidates must have the backing of four county councils to qualify for nomination, and Laois councillors want to be among those making the decisions.

Independent Cllr James Kelly from Mountrath has now proposed that they hold a special meeting to decide a candidate.

“Laois County Council should have a say in the nominations if approached by a candidate. I was contacted by two potential candidates, but one is not going forward now. My proposal is that when the date is announced, that this council meet within seven days to consider any candidates, make a decision and nominate somebody,” he said.

Former GAA President and Laois teacher Liam O’Neill announced last week that after careful consideration he would not be putting himself forward for the job.

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