O’Dowd may make bid for President
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.