Sean Gallagher canvasses Kildare towns

Candidate running on 'Lead with purpose' slogan

Conor McHugh

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Sean Gallagher canvasses Kildare towns

Allan Shine of Kildare Chamber of Commerce, Sean Gallagher, Trish Gallagher and Brian Purcell.

Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher is back on the campaign trail seven years after he first began back in 2011.

This time around he is travelling around in a large bus with a 20 foot high version of himself on the side with ‘Leading with Purpose’ emblazoned along the side.

Last Friday he was in Naas in the afternoon and was heading to Maynooth later that day. “We have a definite purpose,” he explained, when asked what the slogan meant.

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“It’s around the values which we prioritise — the values of respect, the value of responsibility, and the value of community.

“And to lead with that purpose to inspire individuals and communities around these three values.” 

He said that one of the things he would focus on in particular would be disability. “I grew up with a vision impairment and Trish (his wife who was present during the interview) has a younger brother with Down Syndrome.

“We’ll be launching an initiative, if elected, on December 3, a year long initiative to coincide with the international day for person’s with a disability, and that is around a programme of supported employment, education and changing perceptions amongst the public around those with disability.” He said the focus would be more on ability rather than disability.

The past seven years have been busy for Gallagher. He and Trish had two small children, Bobby and Lucy.

“Bobby is five and Lucy is two, and anybody who has a five year old and a two year old knows what that’s about!” 

He spoke about “getting back to having a normal sleep pattern!” 

He also started a new business providing work space for office and industrial workspace to SME’s and multinationals throughout the country.

“It’s very much in line with my philosophy of trying to sustain communities by having jobs in areas where many multinationals would never locate by supporting SME’s,” he explained.

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On top of that, he took legal action against RTE in relation to the now infamous tweet that was widely believed to have scuppered his chances in the last presidential election.

He assures the Leinster Leader that the legal action wasn’t just for himself, it was to guarantee fairness for anyone who runs for public office.

He also campaigned successfully for legislative change to help those working in the construction industry who got caught when the recession hit.

Meanwhile, he said he didn’t know what would happen with Brexit, but was certain that a united Ireland was on the cards, and within his lifetime.