The results of an RTÉ Red C/Late Late Show exit poll showing President Higgins at 58 per cent and Peter Casey at 21 per cent of first preference votes leading Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada at seven per cent.
Matt Cooper (above centre left) and Ivan Yates (centre right) on Virgin Media One’s The Tonight Show Presidential Debate with: Presidential Candidates, from left: Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Peter Casey, Liadh Ní Riada and Sean Gallagher.
At a special meeting last month, Fine Gael councillor Michael Sheahan seconded Mr Casey’s nomination after being proposed by Fianna Fail’s member in Newcastle West Michael Collins.
Asked if he would have seconded him had he known Mr Casey’s views on Irish Travellers, Cllr Sheahan said: “No, simple as that”.
…Solidarity councillor Cian Prendiville, who did not nominate a candidate and abstained in the vote, said:
“I think all those councillors, particularly those in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to come out and nail their colours to the mast and say this is not acceptable. What he is trying to do is whip up hatred, fear and prejudice.”
From top: Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins; Managing Director of Virgin Media Television Pat Kiely, MEP Liadh Ni Riada and Director of Programming at Virgin Media Television Bill Malone; Senator Freeman with Mr Malone and Mr Kiely; Sean Gallagher and Trish Gallagher; from left: Peter Casey, Sean Gallagher, MEP Liadh Ni Riada, Pat Kenny, Michael D Higgins, Senator Joan Freeman and Gavin Duffy.
Presidential candidates arrived at Virgin Media Television Studios in Dublin for Virgin Media Television’s Presidential Debate with Pat Kenny.