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Gallagher reveals state earnings

A second Independent presidential candidate, Sean Gallagher, has revealed earnings on state boards, taking home 41,550 euro in pay and expenses since 2008.

The Dragons' Den star was appointed a director for Fas last year but took no money for his work and instead donated his 11,000 euro fee to several charities.

Mr Gallagher kept payments he received after being appointed by the North South Ministerial Council to the Board of InterTradeIreland.

He said he accepted the fees each year since 2008 but declined expenses.

"All of the candidates should I believe publish details of all of their expenses as well as fees received for roles on State or semi-state boards," he said.

"I am being completely transparent about my role in state boards and the monies I have received for my participation on State boards as I believe the office of the President demands it and the Irish people deserve it."

Mr Gallagher said he applied to become a member of the board of Fas after massive waste of taxpayers' money and exorbitant expenses were uncovered at the training agency.

Among the charities to benefit from his 11,000 euro fee for his work on Fas were Down Syndrome Ireland, National Council for the Blind, Irish Cancer Society, Irish Guide Dogs and Jack and Jill Foundation.

Mr Gallagher, a businessman and former youth worker, also served as a director of the Drogheda Port Company for the last two years but was not paid. He was appointed by the then transport minister Noel Dempsey.

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