Businessman Gavin Duffy has announced a potential run for President.
The Irish Dragon’s Den entrepreneur is seeking the backing of four local councils before he can enter his name on the ballot paper.
He has accepted an invitation to speak at Waterford City and County Council on Tuesday.
Speaking about why he thinks people should vote for him, Duffy told Morning Ireland: “You have to speak on behalf of the people of Ireland, I’m somebody who’s a professional speaker, that’s what I do and that’s my track record and I think I’ll be able to do that very well.
“I did say yesterday, I think President Higgins, if there’s a difference, I think he talks to our heads, I think I’d be slightly different and talk to people’s hearts.”
Since the news broke, Twitter has been lit with opinions on #Aras18.
My mother & I discussing the Presidential election #aras18— Dr Mary McAuliffe 😷 (@MaryMcAuliffe4) July 29, 2018
Mother;who is that Gavin Duffy fellow
Me; he’s off Dragons Den
Mother;(sees photo of GD) oh,he’s that obnoxious one. Sure,what would he know about being President.Michael D is doing great, give him another go
I’ll pass on your rollercoaster, thanks Gavin pic.twitter.com/QrBX3bCLxm— Seamus Conboy (@SeamusConboy) July 29, 2018
Wouldn’t it be great to have Gavin Duffy making his pitch to county councils televised?#PresidentialElection— John Collins (@HangBlaa) July 29, 2018
A president from the reality TV world. What could possibly go wrong. @GavinDuffy— Mark “Wear A Mask” O’Halloran (@markohalloran) July 29, 2018
#KeepThePoet has also been trending:
We have a glut of politicians, we have boatloads of business people, we have far too many vainglorious muppets who think they could be President. We have one, dog loving, deep thinking, politician poet, who gives the best speeches, already in the Aras. So #keepthepoet— Dr Mary McAuliffe 😷 (@MaryMcAuliffe4) July 30, 2018
I want to #keepthepoet because I believe we should have a head of state who sees Ireland as a nation and not as a business.— M I K E R Y A N (@90mikeryan) July 29, 2018
I love this hashtag! #keepthepoet— The Green Sheep (@the_greensheep_) July 29, 2018