Fingal County Council backs Norris

Senator David Norris has this evening received the formal backing of Fingal County Council in Dublin for the Presidential ticket.

He still requires the endorsement of three other councils, but his spokesperson said he was confident that would happen by next week's deadline.

Senator Norris and Dana were both dealt a blow earlier today when Fianna Fáil decided not to nominate or endorse any candidate in the race.

The move came after Senator Labhras O'Murchu decided to withdraw his bid for the presidency following an internal party row.

O'Murchu said he made the decision out of loyalty to the leadership of Micheal Martin.

Following the move not to endorse any candidate, Fianna Fáil's Chief Whip Sean O' Fearghail explained where the party stood on the issue.

"We did indicate early on that we might consider supporting independent contenders were they were in a position to offer broad-based support from outside the Fianna Fáil organisation themselves.

" Neither Dana or David Norris has been in a position to do that," he said.

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