Trish and I are delighted to welcome our baby boy, Bobby Gallagher, into the world. Born on 29th March and weighting in at 8 lbs & 15 ounces, he is a real joy and we are truly blessed and grateful for his safe arrival. Thank you to everyone for your love and good wishes. Sean & Trish
In the last hour I've called Michael D. Higgins to congratulate him on his performance and his success in this election. He will have my full support as President and I sincerely thank him for a positive campaign. His slogan stated that he would be a President to be proud of and I believe he will be that President.
I would like to say a big thank you to all of you who have sent me your best wishes, either by phone, letter or email. Sadly, I will not be able to reply to each one individually. Amidst all of the challenges in recent weeks, your kind words of support and encouragement have sustained and uplifted both Trish and I. I want to express my sincere thanks to you all for your support throughout the entire campaign. It was an incredible journey and I hope it inspires each and everyone of you to step forward and reach out for your own goals and dreams. I am taking a short break and I look forward to being in touch with you all again in the near future. The entire campaign team wish President elect Michael D. Higgins all the best for his inauguration tomorrrow. Sincerest thanks and best wishes. Go Well, Seán
I reiterated during my launch that I will not be using posters, for every poster you pass on a lamppost,it costs you, the taxpayer€3 #aras11
Hello everyone. As this week comes to an end I am so grateful for the results of the opinion polls but even more grateful for the continued support of so many volunteers, canvassers and all of you who keep in touch with me through Facebook. It is so incredibly humbling to see pictures and to hear stories of everyone out campaigning in every part of the country. I know the real effort and hard work that everyone is doing and I hugely appreciate whatever you are doing to help. It is really important now that we continue to keep the momentum going for the next 10 days and to remain focussed and positive. No matter what, let us avoid all negative campaigning, it will be an intense period but your support continues to inspire and energise me. Sincerest thanks, Sean
Gallagher thanks supporters and congratulates President Elect Higgins Seán Gallagher has thanked his supporters and campaign team and congratulated President Elect Michael D. Higgins at the final declaration of the vote in Dublin Castle. “I want to thank Riona Ni Fhlanghaile the Chief Returning Officer, her staff, An Garda Siochana and all of the people who have worked long and hard in polling stations and count centres right around the country yesterday and today.” “I want to thank my fellow candidates. This has been a challenging and intense campaign and we have, at times, differed on issues and perspectives. But I believe we shared – and we will continue to share – a common bond rooted in our wish to serve the people and to do our best by Ireland.” “It is this type of civic-minded spirit – visible in so many other facets of Irish life – that will be a key ingredient in reinvigorating confidence and hope in this country. I especially want to extend my most sincere congratulations to Michael D. Higgins. Today is a great day for Michael D and his family and supporters. This country has had eight great Presidents and I believe Michael D Higgins has the capacity and ability to continue their inspiring legacy of service to the people. I have every confidence that he will do a great job and that he will justify the great faith that has been shown in him by the people.” “As our new President, Micheal D has my full support and I want to wish him and Sabina seven years of health and happiness in the Aras as they carry out their duties for the betterment of our people, north and south.” “I want to thank all of our citizens who participated in the election and cast their ballot. In terms of my own campaign, I am heartened for the future that so many people have supported my positive message of focusing on the future and on the need to restore Ireland’s self-confidence, self-belief and self-determination as part of our collective response to a devastating recession.” “This declaration marks for me the end of one journey and the beginning of another. But, I know that I could not have come this far without the love and support of my family and friends. Their affection and generosity has nurtured and nourished me not only through some difficult days in this campaign, but through every step I have taken in life.” “I have learnt so much from the places where I have been and the people I have met.” “When I set out on this campaign on 6th May, I said that the first thing I would do is listen. As a citizen, I will continue to do so. On this campaign, I have travelled to almost every community in this State.” “I have heard people’s hopes and fears and seen at first hand the devastation and distress caused by forced emigration, mortgage pressures and unemployment. If my campaign has achieved anything, I hope it has been to again put jobs and enterprise and the confidence and self-belief required for recovery at the heart of our public debate. For me this is important because I know that there is a dignity in work and that employment is one of the means to community. It is fundamental to the fabric of our society. I know only too well the difficulties being faced by those who have lost their jobs. To the many people watching today who are unemployed or otherwise overwhelmed with apprehension about the future I want to say please do not be without hope.” “Know that others have been where you are, that you are not alone and that you will find, as Patrick Kavanagh called it, ‘the music playing behind the door of despair’. We have always been a resilient nation and I know within us, we have the capacity and determination to get Ireland working and growing again. I believe our young people are a powerful force to be harnessed as we strive to build-up our country in the years ahead. Those in school today will form the best-educated and most talented generation ever to live on this island. I want them to dare to dream and to know that they will have opportunities in life. Most of all, I want them to believe in themselves and to believe that each and every one of them can succeed. And that so too can Ireland.” “Our history has taught us that great things can be achieved when the collective will and genius of the Irish people is used to achieve a common goal. I will continue to play my part in pulling all those strands in one direction towards one objective. An Ireland that is full of hope, full of optimism and full of opportunity.”
I would like to thank all of my supporters for all of the kind messages and comments. Trish and I read them all but it is getting increasingly difficult to reply to everyone individually as I would like to. Please know that I really appreciate every contact I get. Momentum is building and it is great to see all of the hard work done by volunteers all around the country and on-line starting to have an effect. This campaign is only beginning. We have a long way to go and it can only happen by all of us working together. 'Let's put our strengths to work' Seán