Senator David Norris has paid tribute to Presidential rival Michael D Higgins after Mr Higgins asked the Labour Party members of Dublin City Council to give their backing to Sen Norris.
When the two met at the council offices this evening, Senator Norris said: "What can I say? You're a real democrat Michael...You're a generous, decent and good man, and I thank you.
"I hope it's one of us, and if it's either of us, we're going to have a great President."
In response, Mr Higgins said: "It's about democracy, David...I think the people will benefit from a debate on the issues. I wish you well."