O’Dowd may make bid for Pres­i­dent

The Argus - - NEWS | OBITUARIES - Hu­bert MUR­PHY

NIALL O’Dowd is con­sid­er­ing run­ning in the Ir­ish pres­i­den­tial elec­tion later this year.

He has been ap­proached by a group of prom­i­nent Ir­ish and Ir­ish-Amer­i­cans who have urged him to con­test the up­com­ing elec­tion.

Writ­ing on the Ir­ish Cen­tral web­site, the brother of Louth politi­cians, Fer­gus O’Dowd TD and Cllr Michael O’Dowd, says he feels he could be a pow­er­ful voice for the Ir­ish di­as­pora all over the world.

He was greatly im­pressed by the mem­bers of the cross-party group that con­tacted him, but is not pre­pared to name them.

‘The peo­ple laid out a com­pelling case. I said I would con­sider their re­quest. They sketched out the im­por­tance of the role, of job cre­ation, of the US, and how a pres­i­dent could be a busi­ness pres­i­dent. The US is where Ire­land needs to be. This gen­er­a­tion has had its fu­ture stolen from them,’ he said.

‘All of the above I feel pas­sion­ate about and I be­lieve the race for the Ir­ish pres­i­dency would be im­mea­sur­ably broad­ened by hav­ing an Ir­ish Di­as­pora voice.

‘It is time to make that voice for 40 mil­lion Ir­ish Amer­i­cans heard loud and clear, not to men­tion the tens of thou­sands that will soon be join­ing that jour­ney west or Down Un­der’.

The 58-year-old, hon­oured with a John Boyle O’Reilly award re­cently, has been the voice of the Ir­ish in Amer­ica for years and is a re­spected jour­nal­ist and pub­lisher in New York.

He is ex­pected to make a de­ci­sion on whether to run or not shortly.

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