Fine Gael has denied changing its position on Presidential nominations, and has reiterated its instruction to party councillors not to facilitate the nomination of any other candidate.

A statement from the party's press office said that the position is unchanged, despite a story in today's Irish Times.

It reiterated the unchanged advice to party councillors ''that all local elected representatives (City/Council/Town) are expected to support the Party's candidate and not to facilitate any other candidate in their quest for a presidential nomination."