Gay’s presidential plan hatched in Donegal

Eamonn McFadden

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Eamonn McFadden

Presidential hopeful, Gay Mitchell says his idea for entering the race to the Arás was hatched in Donegal.

Presidential hopeful, Gay Mitchell says his idea for entering the race to the Arás was hatched in Donegal.

On a visit to Donegal this week the Fine Gael candidate said it was while attending the wedding of Fine Gael regional organiser, Colm Jordan, to Donegal Town woman Alison Stewart, earlier this summer that he decided to throw his hat in the presidential ring.

The former TD, MEP and Mayor of Dublin said that while attending the June 4th wedding at Lough Eske near Donegal Town, a number of his party colleagues kept asking him if he had considered running for president.

“The idea to run was born in Donegal. I was attending the wedding of Colm Jordan at Lough Eske and a number of members of the party who were there were asking ‘why are you not running?’. I though John Bruton would go,” he said.

Following the celebrations, he said he receiving a number of phone calls from party members while travelling home from the wedding and that was when he decided to run for the office of President.

Mr Mitchell spent Tuesday in the county visiting Gaoth Dobhair, Letterkenny, the Twin Towns, Ballyshannon and Bundoran before continuing on to Sligo yesterday.