Businessman Sean Gallagher has launched his second bid to become President of Ireland, claiming the role needs a “fresh approach”.
The former ‘Dragons’ Den’ investor, who finished runner-up to Michael D Higgins in 2011, confirmed today that he will run again. Currently President of US Pharmaceutical company Nutriband Inc (OTCQB:NTRB), Gallagher is set to bring a strong campaign as he looks set to take on incumbent Michael D Higgins.
In a video statement, Gallagher said, “Ireland is changing and the next President needs to provide a fresh approach at this important juncture for Ireland. We have as a people an opportunity to redefine the role of President in the context of a changing society, while cherishing all that is unique about Ireland.”
In a statement he said the country is “confronted with many challenges” but there are also “emerging opportunities for Ireland to secure its position as a significant player within Europe and globally”.
“This must be matched by creating an inclusive, diverse and equal Ireland for all, where diversity is not just accepted, but celebrated.”
He will pursue a nomination through the local authority system because he believes councillors are “the closest link to the electorate”. Motions backing his campaign have already been submitted to 10 county councils.