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Seán Gallagher

Why Ireland turned against presidential favourite Seán Gallagher

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It took just seven days for former Dragon's Den star Gallagher to write his own political riches to rags story

 

A mere seven days ago Seán Gallagher seemed set to become the next president of Ireland. A political unknown before the campaign began, the maverick independent and former Dragon's Den star was polling at 40%, far ahead of his closest rival, as his campaign's focus on Irish business and enterprise appeared to be resonating with the voters. The electorate seemed to like his lack of party affiliation, his apparent rise from humble background to millionaire businessman, and his constant message of reviving Ireland's fortune.

 

But a lot has changed in a week – and after a spectacular fight over his past in the final televised presidential debate on Monday night, Gallagher has ended up the big loser in what has been the most unpredictable, gaffetastic and dirty trick-filled election in recent Irish history. The big winner has been the Labour party, whose candidate Michael DHiggins trounced Gallagher into a distant second as the results were announced last night.

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Christine Bohan   

30 October 2011

Read more: www.guardian.co.uk

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