Dana secures Roscommon County Council nomination

Dana Rosemary Scallon has now secured the backing of a second County Council in the bid to get on the Presidential ticket.

Dana Rosemary Scallon has now secured the backing of a second County Council in the bid to get on the Presidential ticket.

She was formally nominated by Carlow County Council at lunchtime today, and within the past few minutes secured the backing of Roscommon County Council after being nominated by a Fianna Fáil Councillor.

The motion to nominate Senator David Norris at that meeting was withdrawn.

However, Senator Norris also has two council nominations after getting the backing of councillors in Laois earlier today.

Both would-be candidates are now in need of two more nominations.

Senator Norris is likely to be one closer when South Dublin County Council votes in the next hour, and he should reach the finishing line with help from either Cork County or Waterford City tomorrow.

Ms Scallon is likely to pick up a nomination from Donegal tomorrow morning, and another from either Westmeath or Longford by tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking after today's meeting in Carlow, Senator Norris said Fine Gael's decision to tie the hands of its councillors has cost him.

"Well, I know that there are people within Fine Gael who, if they hadn’t been put in that position, they would have voted for me," he said.

"I’ve friends in all parties, but the party system is what it is, and I’m not going to criticise anybody,

"Throughout this campaign I said from the very beginning, I will concentrate and hope to win the hearts and minds of the Irish people, by concentrating on my strengths.

"I will not be making disparaging remarks about any other person."

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