02 August 2011
Minister Fitzgerald Nominates Gay Mitchell for Aras Bid
Each of the candidates; Gay Mitchell, Mairead McGuiness and Pat Cox, were nominated and seconded by Fine Gael T.D.s. Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Dan Neville T.D. nominated and seconded Gay Mitchell who was chosen by Members as their candidate.
Minister Fitzgerald delivered a five minute speech to the Parliamentary Party, Fine Gael Councillors and members of the National Executive urging support for Mitchell.
“It was a great pleasure and honour for me to nominate Gay Mitchell to be Fine Gael’s candidate for the presidential election. As a two-time poll-topper in the European elections it is clear how respected and loved Gay Mitchell is in Dublin,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
“Gay is a man of vision, who can lead, who can paint a picture for the country which will energise and excite. A driver of change, who will give people hope. Gay is the quintessential Dub. But he is more than a Dub! His straight-talking, urban grittiness. His determination. His phenomenal work ethic. His grounded sense of service to the people. With Gay Mitchell: Fine Gael can win and Ireland will win,” said Minister Fitzgerald during her speech.
Speaking after Mitchell was pronounced the Fine Gael candidate Minister Fitzgerald said ,”I am thrilled that Gay has been chosen. Fine Gael had three fantastic candidates but I believe that Gay is the best choice for our Party and for our country.
“The real work starts now. I would ask anyone who is supportive of Gay’s candidature to come out and get involved in the campaign. This is our first Presidential Election in 14 years and I think it is going to be a very special one. It’s not just a contest of personalities but an exploration of Irishness. This election we will choose a personification of the values and the vision we feel best represents Ireland and our future direction.
“I was honoured to nominate Gay to become the Fine Gael candidate and I will do all I can to help him get elected,” concluded Fitzgerald.
Gay Mitchell’s candidacy was also backed by Fine Gael Councillors William Lavelle and Emer Higgins as well as Derek Keating.