BREAKING: Sean Gallagher asks Offaly County Council to withdraw motion supporting him for President
Presidential hopeful Sean Gallagher has formally requested that Offaly Council Council withdraw a motion tabled for next supporting him in his presidential bid.
I have in the last few minutes formally asked the members of Offaly County Council to withdraw the motion to nominate me for the Presidential election now that I secured the required four nominations. They are now free to nominate an other candidate if they wish.— Seán Gallagher (@seangallagher1) September 10, 2018
Gallagher had earlier this month secured the backing of Fianna Fail and two independent councillors in Offaly, all but assuring him of the support of the council.
Gallagher, who is launching his second campaign to become the President of Ireland, needs the support of four local authorities to get his name on the ballot paper, and having already reached that number on Monday, September 10, he no longer needs the support of Offaly.
Gallagher secured nominations from Wexford, Mayo, Leitrim and Roscommon councils on Monday, meaning he is the first confirmed name to rival that of incumbent Michael D. Higgins during next month's election.
He formally requested that they withdraw a motion supporting his nomination which had been scheduled for next Monday's regular monthly meeting of Offaly County Council.
That leaves the door open for Offaly County Council to nominate and give their support to another of the presidential hopefuls.