Is fear gnó Éireannach é Seán Gallagher (rugadh é ar an 7 Meitheamh 1962) a bhí mar mholtóir ar chlár RTÉ Dragons' Den. Rith sé i dtoghchán uachtaránachta na hÉireann sa bhliain 2011 mar iarrthóir neamhspleách agus bhí sé chun cinn sa rás céanna ag pointe amháin i nDeireadh Fómhair 2011 ar 39% den vóta dar le pobalbhreith. Is iarbhall de Ard-Chomhairle Fhianna Fáil atá ann.
Thit an tóin as a iarrthóireacht le linn na díospóireachta teilifíse deiridh, áfach, nuair a chuir a chomh-iomaitheoir Máirtín Mag Aonghusa (Sinn Féin) ina leith go raibh airgead bailithe aige ó fhir gnó áirithe ar son Fhianna Fáil. Shéan Gallagher na líomhaintí seo ar fad, ach ní raibh sé in ann an bhaint idir eisean agus a shean-pháirtí a bhriseadh i meon an phobail in am don toghchán. Chríochnaigh Gallagher le 28.5 % den vóta, sa dara háit tar éis an bhuaiteora Mícheál D. Ó hUigín.
Seán Gallagher (born 7 July 1962), is an Irish entrepreneur, businessman and 2011 presidential candidate from County Cavan, Ireland. He is the founder of the company Smarthomes and has featured as a panellist on RTÉ's Dragons' Den. In 2009, he won Charity Lords of the Ring. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2011 Irish presidential election.
Gallagher grew up in a family of six in Ballyhaise, County Cavan. Both his parents are deceased, his father John Gallagher came from Killygordon, County Donegal and his mother Anne (née Bracken) Gallagher from Tullamore, County Offaly. He was born with congenital cataracts.
This meant that he was virtually blind, and at the time there was no treatment. He eventually had corrective surgery.
In the 2008 book That'll Never Work, Seán Gallagher wrote: "In 1983, I bought a farm and I was on the way". A neighbouring farmer claimed that Gallaghers' father John had bought eight acres of land on behalf of Seán. He went on to work as a Youth and Community Development worker, having trained at NUI Maynooth. He began working full-time as a political advisor to former Minister for Health Rory O'Hanlon when he was 28. He previously served as the CEO of the Louth County Enterprise Board.
Gallagher founded Smarthomes,after receiving large sums of money (about 13M) from the IDA a company which deals with home-related technology, with his business partner Derek Roddy. The company won an InterTradeIreland/Seedcorn competition in 2004. Gallagher himself was a finalist in the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Programme. He is a member of the InterTradeIreland and Drogheda Port boards. In January 2010, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan appointed him to the board of Foras Áiseanna Saothair (FÁS).
Gallagher was a regular attendee at Fianna Fáil dinners and once attended the famous Fianna Fáil tent at the Galway races.
Gallagher is a former member of the Fianna Fáil National Executive, having originally joined the party youth wing Ógra Fianna Fáil when he was aged 19.
In May 2011, The Sunday Business Post reported that he was likely to seek a nomination in the 2011 Irish presidential election. Gallagher topped two polls the weekend before the presidential election, which included the Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll and the Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes opinion poll. In these polls, Gallagher received 40% and 38% respectively. However, an ESRI Ireland poll for Newstalk on 24 October in the wake of their radio debate put Gallagher in joint second place, on 20%, with Michael D. Higgins leading, on 38%. Gallagher received 28.5% of first preference votes in the election, leaving him in second place behind Michael D. Higgins.