Kevin Sharkey pulls out of Presidential race

Kevin Sharkey pulls out of Presidential race

Kevin Sharkey has pulled out of the race to become the next President of Ireland.

He announced his decision in a statement this morning, citing the "corruption of councils all over Ireland."

Instead, he says he is now focusing on his new collection of paintings.

Mr Sharkey was one of a number of presidential hopefuls yet to receive the backing of four local authority's - the figure needed to officially become a candidate.

Gavin Duffy, Sean Gallagher, President Michael D Higgins, Joan Freeman and Liadh Ní Riada have so far been confirmed for the ballot paper on 26th of October.

Meanwhile, a request has been put to Louth County Council to hold a second hearing for potential Presidential candidates.

Gavin Duffy has written to the council after its original hearing clashed with a meeting of Roscommon County Council.

He says it's "only fair" for other candidates to be given a hearing in Louth.

Since receiving his fourth endorsement from Waterford Council he has withdrawn from seeking any more.

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