Journalist Gemma O’Doherty announces intention to run for the presidency

She joins four other contenders seeking nomination to run in presidential election

Journalist Gemma O’Doherty has announced her intention to run for the presidency. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Journalist Gemma O’Doherty has announced her intention to run for the presidency. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

 

Journalist Gemma O’Doherty has announced her intention to run for the presidency.

In a statement circulated across social media on Sunday evening, Ms O’Doherty said: “As an Irish woman who loves her country to its core but hardly recognises it any more, I am deeply concerned about the unimaginable suffering and chaos so many of our people are subjected to daily.”

In order to secure a presidential election nomination, candidates must secure the backing of four county councils or 20 TDs or Senators to facilitate their entry into the race.

Ms O’Doherty, a former Irish Independent reporter, joins businessman Gavin Duffy, Senator Joan Freeman, artist Kevin Sharkey and retired Aer Lingus employee Patrick Feeney in seeking a nomination.

Sinn Féin is planning to nominate its own candidate, while a number of other figures are said to be considering their options including Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív, Galway Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh and businessman Seán Gallagher.

In a statement, Ms O’Doherty said it was time for Irish people to come together to demand change and to put an end to what she described as “the corruption that has infested Irish public life and the disgraceful squandering of our taxes and resources”.