Louth man Gavin Duffy has Coun­cil to him­self

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AND then there was one.

Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion hope­ful Gavin Duffy had the floor to him­self when he pitched for a nom­i­na­tion from Louth county coun­cil.

Orig­i­nally, he was among eight can­di­dates seek­ing the nod from the lo­cal author­ity.

At the out­set of last Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing in the coun­cil cham­ber, chair­man Liam Reilly in­di­cated apolo­gies had been re­ceived from Peter Casey, John Groarke and Gemma O’Do­herty.

And there was no show ei­ther from Joan Free­man, Marie Goretti Moy­lan, Sarah Louise Mul­li­gan and Kevin Sharkey.

The plan was for each can­di­date to have ten min­utes to ad­dress coun­cil­lors be­fore a Q&A ses­sion lim­ited to no more than two ques­tions each with one minute given to an­swer.

How­ever, as things turned out there was plenty of lat­i­tude al­lowed af­ter Mr Duffy stated his case and al­to­gether he had the room for an hour.

In­deed, af­ter speak­ing to his eleventh lo­cal author­ity, he said it was the long­est Q&A ses­sion of the lot.

As a Drogheda man who went straight to work in Dun­dalk from school, the 58-year-old, un­der­stand­ably, made much of his Louth roots.

‘It is very im­por­tant to me that my county would nom­i­nate me,’ he said.

The busi­ness­man and en­trepreneur laid it on thick at times as he told the gath­er­ing, which in­cluded his wife and fam­ily, that he knew ev­ery inch of Louth, ‘from Bal­tray to Faugh­art’ and that he had swam off Du­nany Point and climbed Mount Oriel.

He re­called managing Roche Em­mets (‘which may not have gone well’) and tak­ing a lady on a date to Carlingford, which did go well as he mar­ried her.

Nev­er­the­less, it was an as­sured pre­sen­ta­tion by the Dragons’ Den star.

And, it was no sur­prise that Duffy had to face a few curve balls when the ques­tions came.

Who did you vote for in 2011? Gal­lagher’.

Can you speak as Gaeilge? ‘I’m rusty but the most com­pe­tent of the 12 can- ‘Seán di­dates.’

Will you do the job for noth­ing? ‘I’ve no prob­lem with the Gov­ern­ment re­duc­ing the wage.’

Whether Gavin Duffy gets the op- por­tu­nity to run for the job re­mains to be seen and he will have to wait un­til 17 Septem­ber when Louth county coun­cil de­cides who, if any­one, it will be nom­i­nat­ing.

Gavin Duffy dur­ing his time as Celebrity Bain­steoir for Roche Em­mets GFC meets the then Louth GAA man­ager, Peter Fitz­patrick in 2010.

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