Cavan gives backing to Seán Gallagher

Sean Gallagher has got the backing of Cavan County Council, making the local authority the 5th council to nominate the Ballyhaise native in his hunt for the Áras.

It comes following a motion by Fianna Fáil Councillor John Paul Feeley at today’s Cavan County Council meeting.

The Sinn Féin grouping abstained with their party whip Councillor Paddy McDonald stating that they would select their candidate in the coming weeks.

Fine Gael Party Whip Councillor Paddy O’Reilly stated that his party would be backing the current President Michael D Higgins and would also be abstaining from any vote.

Presidential hopefuls need the endorsement of four local authorities or 20 Oireachtas members to make it onto the ballot paper.

Joan Freeman has three endorsements and Gavin Duffy has two.

Speaking earlier Mr Gallagher said he was thrilled the local authorities were using their powers: