Tuesday, 18th September 2018
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Three Presidential hopefuls addressed Waterford City and County Council yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon to seek their support in their presidential election bid.

The three candidates were Gavin Duffy, Businessman and Dragon's Den personality; Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House charity; and Accountant Patrick Feeney.

The three would-be contenders spoke to the members but the decision to support all, some or none of the candidates will not be taken until a later date as the Presidential Order for the holding of the Presidential Election has not yet been made.

The outgoing President Michael D. Higgins has nominated himself. Sinn Fein under a subcommittee of Waterford T.D. David Cullinane has formally put in place a process for a candidate from their party to be nominated up to 20th August.

A special Ard Fheis will be convened in September where a candidate will be ratified. Under the Presidential Election rules four County Councils can nominate a candidate and Waterford City and County Council is the first Council to host a meeting to allow would-be candidates to address them.

Also twenty members of the Oireachtas has the right also to nominate a candidate. In a previous general election Waterford Council nominated Senator David Norris, Independent.


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