Kerry County Council nominates businessman Peter Casey for presidential election

Kerry County Council has nominated businessman Peter Casey to run for the presidential election.

It’s the first nomination for the Dragons’ Den star.

Each candidate needs the support of at least four local authorities or 20 Oireachtas members to get on the ballot.

Mr Casey is confident he will secure the remaining three nominations.

Fourteen Kerry councillors voted for Peter Casey, while four backed the William Delaney 1957 – 1970 campaign and three gave their support to Gemma O’Doherty.

Eleven abstained and one councillor was absent.

Some councillors said Mr Casey had great potential and would be a good ambassador given his contacts in both Ireland and America.

Mr Casey’s potential to invest in local business was also mentioned.

Earlier this month, businessman Gavin Duffy, musician James Smyth, journalist Gemma O’Doherty and a representative from the William Delaney 1957 – 1970 campaign addressed Kerry County Council.

Mr Casey was not available to attend that meeting.

However, he was in Kerry today and met with councillors ahead of the meeting.

He is delighted to get his first nomination.

During today’s council meeting, Cllr Pa Daly said he could not support Peter Casey.

Cllr Daly said he could not support someone who would give Donald Trump a “warm welcome” if he visited Ireland.

A number of councillors called for Mr Casey to address the allegation.

Cathaoirleach Norma Foley decided Mr Casey would not get the option to address the council.

A proposal to adjourn the council for a 5-minute period to allow Mr Casey to address the allegations in private was defeated.

Speaking afterwards Mr Casey said he is not a Trump supporter.

To date, five candidates will be named on the ballot. They are Sean Gallagher, Gavin Duffy, Senator Joan Freeman, MEP Liadh Ní Riada and Michael D Higgins.