Senator David Norris has won the backing of Laois County Council in bid to get on the Presidential ballot paper.
Laois councillors backed him this morning by seven votes to four with Fine Gael members abstaining. At the meeting Senator Norris, whose mother hails from Mountrath, told councillors the nomination meant the world to him.
Announcing the development on his Twitter feed he said: "I am delighted to announce that my home county of Laois has just agreed to nominate me for the Presidential race."
Senator Norris was forced to look to local authorities for backing after Independent TD Mattie McGrath last night said he would not sign the Senator’s nomination papers, leaving him two shy of the 20 Oireachtas members needed to get his name on the ballot.
However with the support of Fingal County Council already having been secured, Senator Norris now has the backing of two of the four local authorities needed.
This afternoon attention turns to Carlow County Council which is meeting to discuss its nomination plans. Carlow could also row in behind Senator Norris, although his erstwhile rival Dana Rosemary Scallon is also seeking their support.
South Dublin County Council is also meeting later and is expected to be in the Norris camp.
Later this afternoon Dana is widely expected to pick up a nomination from Roscommon County Council, with Donegal and Longford also predicted to sign for the former Eurovision winner tomorrow.
Nominations from Cork and Kilkenny councils are also up for grabs – both meet tomorrow.