The Monaghan-born entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den star is house hunting with his Cork-born wife, Trish, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in March, with a view to relocating to the Rebel county.
“Trish and I moved to Cork before Christmas. We’re renting in the East Cork area and settling in well. It’s a new chapter for us as we start a family,” Mr Gallagher said.
The decision to relocate is based on several factors, including the support network offered by his wife’s family, he said, but he has also found a vibrant business network in the region.
He attended the Irish Technology Leaders Group global summit last week and has met with key players in the technology and start-up sectors, linked in with University College Cork, Cork Institute of Tech-nology, and the National Software Centre in Mahon with a view to plugging in to the region’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem”.
However, he declined to discuss the fallout from the infamous tweet which sank his presidential bid in 2011.
Mr Gallagher has issued legal proceedings against RTÉ over the bogus tweet, the contents of which were broadcast during RTÉ’s live Frontline presidential debate just days before voters went to the polls.
He will be seeking a declaration from the High Court that the debate was unfair and damaged his electoral prospects, and will also seek aggravated and or exemplary damages arising out of comments subsequently made on radio by Frontline host Pat Kenny.
While that process continues, Mr Gallagher said he will continue to champion entrepreneurs. “There are some green shoots but there are many companies having a real fight,” he said.
Mr Gallagher will speak at a seminar organised by Cobh and Harbour Chamber and supported by Leading Edge on Friday, Feb 1, in the Fota Island Resort hotel.