A number of potential presidential candidates are addressing councils today in the hope of getting their endorsement to run in the upcoming election.

Businessman Seán Gallagher and Pieta House founder Senator Joan Freeman spoke to members of Wexford County Council this morning.

Mr Gallagher, who stood for election in 2011, praised President Michael D Higgins and said he wants to be Mr Higgins' successor to carry on the great work he has done.

He thanked people who voted for him in the last election and those who campaigned for him.

He said what happened during the RTÉ debate with Pat Kenny changed the outcome of the election.

Mr Gallagher said life is not about falling down but it is how people get back up, which is what he is doing.

He also praised Mr Higgins for the role he played in the 1916 commemorations.

Fellow presidential hopeful Senator Freeman spoke about her work with Pieta House, ‘Darkness into Light’ and mental health.

Sarah Louise Mulligan was the third potential candidate to speak.

Mr Gallagher and Ms Freeman are expected to be proposed by Wexford County Council when members vote next Monday on who to put forward for the election.

Meanwhile, Ms Freeman and Mr Gallagher are among a group of eight people who addressed a meeting of Roscommon County Council this afternoon to seek a nomination for the forthcoming election.

Journalist Gemma O'Doherty told councillors in Roscommon there was "mafia-style collusion" between politicians, the judiciary, the Catholic Church and other elements within the State in order to cover up the identity of the person who murdered the Roscommon priest Fr Niall Molloy.

Ms O'Doherty said this information was already "on the record of the Oireachtas".

Businessman Gavin Duffy was the only potential candidate before a meeting of Louth County Council this evening.

Asked about his involvement in the controversial Ward Union hunt and if "the deer in the Phoenix Park should be getting worried" if he is elected to the Áras an Uachtaráin, Mr Duffy pledged that he would not "not promote or actively support" blood sports if he is elected President.

Seven potential candidates had been scheduled to appear before the council but only Mr Duffy attended to make a presentation.  

There was no vote on who the council will endorse until its next meeting.