Two Independents receive Áras nominations

Wednesday 19 October 2011 15.19
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Mary Davis is now a candidate for President
Mary Davis is now a candidate for President
Sean Gallagher received required support
Sean Gallagher received required support
Speculation that Senator David Norris could re-enter race
Speculation that Senator David Norris could re-enter race

Independent Seán Gallagher has received a nomination from a fourth council, making him eligible to contest the presidential election.

Cork City Council ratified his nomination this afternoon. He was proposed by Fianna Fáil's Kenneth O'Flynn and seconded by Independent Kieran McCarthy.

Thirteen councillors voted for him, eight against and there were eight absentions. The Fine Gael councillors abstained.

Earlier, Clare County Council ratified his nomination, and he already had nominations from Leitrim and Meath County Councils.

Independent Mary Davis is also now a candidate for President, having received the official backing of ten county and city councils.

Today, seven county councils, Monaghan, South Tipperary, Wicklow, Kerry, Waterford, Wexford, Mayo and Galway City Council supported her nomination.

Sligo and Galway County Councils had previously ratified her nomination.

The support of four local authorities is required to secured a place on the Presidential ballot paper.

Yesterday, the Fianna Fáil party whip said TDs and Senators will not be allowed to individually back candidates seeking nominations to run in the Presidential election.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, Seán Ó Fearghaíl was responding to speculation that Senator David Norris may be considering re-entering the race for the presidency and could obtain support from some Fianna Fáil Oireachtas members.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will nominate Dana Rosemary Scallon for the Presidency.

It is understood Ms Scallon is contacting Independent and Fianna Fáil Oireachtas members seeking their backing.

She has been invited to address the Technical group later this week.

She needs the backing of 20 members before the deadline of 28 September.