Four presidential candidates address Kerry County Council

Four candidates seeking support for the upcoming presidential election addressed Kerry County Council this morning.

The candidates must receive the support of at least four local authorities or 20 Oireachtas members ahead of October’s election, if they are to get on the ballot paper.

Businessman Gavin Duffy, musician Jimmy Smith, journalist Gemma O’Doherty and a representative from the group William Delaney 1957 – 1970 addressed the special council meeting.

The prospective candidates presented their plans for the role, if they were to be elected.

Gavin Duffy spoke about the five pillars he would include in his role. They are youth, age, diversity and inclusion, respect and working together.

He promised an evolving and dynamic presidency and also spoke about the importance of rail, motorway and broadband infrastructure from Derry to Kerry.

Jimmy Smith who spoke about various platforms including arts, suicide, homeless and home crisis.

He says something is wrong in Irish Republic.

Mr Smith says more can be done including representing the very best of what Ireland has culturally and musically.

He explains why Kerry County Council should back him.

Gemma O’Doherty spoke about her work highlighting corruption.

She decided to run because of the grave inequality between the elite and citizens and she believes basic rights of people are being denied.

The plight of homeless along with medical procedures waiting lists were also raised by Ms O’Doherty.

Gemma O’Doherty would like to shine a light on the victims of state injustices.

William Delaney 1957 to 1970, who has changed his name by deed poll, wants to pay tribute to the most vulnerable citizens.

William Delaney was one of many children who have died whilst in the care of the State.

The campaign hopes to build a better future and not repeat the mistakes of the past.

The name of William Delaney would be on the ballot. However, no person in the campaign would take on the role of president.

Kerry councillors asked the four speakers about the how they would combat the homeless crisis, Brexit and the impact it could have on Southern Ireland, if there was any instance whereby they would not sign a bill into law and the importance of Irish language.

Kerry county council will vote on September 17th.