Duffy posts busy week­end as he goes on the stump to be Pres­i­dent

Irish Independent - - News - Ian Be­g­ley

IT’S cer­tainly been a busy week­end for pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Gavin Duffy.

The former ‘Dragon’s Den’ star may not have se­cured a nom­i­na­tion yet but the busi­ness man looks keen to start cam­paign­ing none­the­less.

Mr Duffy paid a visit to the Tul­lam­ore Show and spoke about his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of welling­ton boots, and the need for a ru­ral per­spec­tive in the Áras.

“Ru­ral Ire­land is not a theme park for Dublin­ers to visit. It is a vi­brant, liv­ing agri­cul­tural so­ci­ety,” he said while pos­ing next to a billy goat for pho­tog­ra­phers.

The re­al­ity TV per­son­al­ity also put up posters with a blown-up pic­ture of his face plas­tered across them around his home­town of Drogheda to pro­mote Fleadh Cheoil na hÉire­ann.

Duffy will open a cam­paign of­fice dur­ing the Fleadh that will serve com­pli­men­tary teas and cof­fees up un­til 10pm ev­ery night.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal coun­cil­lor Ken­neth Flood some res­i­dents thought the posters were in bad taste and ques­tioned Mr Duffy’s in­volve­ment in the fes­ti­val.

How­ever, Mr Duffy stressed he was very much in­volved in bring­ing the Fleadh to the old­est town in Ire­land.

“My wife Or­laith and I have been in­volved in ef­forts to bring the Fleadh to my home town Drogheda for the last seven years and vol­un­tar­ily pre­pared the bid team to pitch to the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉire­ann award­ing com­mit­tee,” he said.

He also stressed that the Fleadh was an apo­lit­i­cal event.

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