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Businessman Gavin Duffy becomes fourth official candidate in presidential race

Journal.ie logo Journal.ie 14/09/2018 Daragh Brophy

a man wearing a suit and tie © Sam Boal BUSINESSMAN AND DRAGON’S Den personality Gavin Duffy has become the fourth official candidate on the ballot for next month’s presidential election. 

It follows a vote today by Waterford Council. 

Duffy was previously endorsed by councils in Meath, Carlow and Wicklow. 

Irish Presidential candidate Gavin Duffy pitches for nominations to members of Waterford Co Council © getty Irish Presidential candidate Gavin Duffy pitches for nominations to members of Waterford Co Council To get on the presidential ballot paper, a candidate needs the backing of at least four councils or 20 members of the Oireachtas.

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President Michael D Higgins, who is entitled to nominate himself, has indicated he will run again. 

Gavin Duffy © Sam Boal RollingNews.ie Gavin Duffy Pieta House founder Joan Freeman and Sean Gallagher – another Dragon’s Den star, who also ran in 2011 – have also securing places on the ballot. 

Sinn Féin will also contest the election, and are set to announce their candidate on Sunday. 

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