06 Oct 2022

Kildare councillors will hear presentations from more Aras hopefuls

Candidates need nominations from four councils

Kildare councillors will hear presentations from more Aras hopefuls

Unidentified candidates to speak at Aras next Tuesday

Kildare County Council will hear from more presidential hopefuls at a specially convened  meeting of the council  next Tuesday, September 11 at 2pm  in the Council Chamber, Áras Chill Dara.

In a statement released last Friday, the Council said the purpose of the meeting “is to afford potential candidates for election as President of Ireland the opportunity to attend and present to the members of Kildare County Council”.

Candidates need a nomination from four county councils to be allowed to contest the presidential election. Last Monday councillors heard from businessman Gavin Duffy, Pieta House founder Joan Freeman, guitarist Jimmy Smyth and artist Kevin Sharkey.

Business man Gavin Duffy addressing Kildare County Council last week

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And although invited, two more, Marie Goretti Moylan and Mr John Groarke, failed to appear. Council chairman Sean Power told the meeting that another candidate, who he did not name, had contacted him looking to be heard by the council.

Members agreed to hold another day to do so.

In the past hour, Meath County Council has voted to nominate Mr Duffy, which means he only requires the nominations of three more councils.

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