Council supports Gallagher but formal nomination can’t be made until autumn

Donegal County Council has indicated that it is likely to nominate businessman Sean Gallagher to contest the presidential election, but that is not a legal decsion and is subject to change.

The decision followed a lengthy procedural discussion, after Mayor Cora Harvey told members that three potential candidates had written to the council seeking a nomination, and two have sought an indication of intent.

County Secretary Eunan Sweeney cautioned members that no nomination can be made until after the order for the presidential election is signed, probably in September.

On the proposal of Cllr Ciaran Brogan, a majority of members decided to vote on the three, Mary Davis, Sean Gallagher and Senator David Norris. When a vote was taken, Fiana Fail and Labour supported Mr Gallagher, Sinn Fein abstained, as did Fine Gael, with the exception of Cllr John Boyle, who backed Ms Davis.

In a vote 13 supported Sean Gallagher and 12 abstained. A formal vote will be taken in September.

Sean Gallagher was in County House when the vote was taken. He says he understands this is a statement of intent with no legal force, but says he's humbled by the decision........