Disregarding his party allegiance, questions also arise about Mr Gallagher’s personal suitability for the role. As far as I can see, his entire campaign is predicated on the notion that he is a successful entrepreneur and, by some kind of inexplicable process of osmosis, will use that entrepreneurial spirit to lift the country off the jagged rocks his party colleagues wrecked us on.

Fair enough but, according to the P60 that Mr Gallagher recently published, he earned a grand total of €12,133 last year while his company, Smarthomes, had accumulated losses of €543,000 in 2009 — which, by any estimation, would mean that his business is in some considerable difficulty. Of course, there’s no shame in that. Many businesses are but why tout yourself as a hugely successful businessman when you’d conceivably be in a better financial position working as a JobBridge intern?

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