Dana and Norris in last efforts to secure nominations

Dana Rosemary Scallon and David Norris will be back in front of county councils today, seeking the two remaining local authority backers they both need to enter the Presidential election.

Dana and Norris in last efforts to secure nominations

Dana Rosemary Scallon and David Norris will be back in front of county councils today, seeking the two remaining local authority backers they both need to enter the Presidential election.

They must secure that support before tomorrow's 12pm deadline.

It comes after a shock decision from South Dublin last night not to nominate Senator Norris.

Today, Cork County, Waterford City and Dublin City Council will consider supporting him - while Donegal, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford and Cavan will decide on Ms. Scallon's appeal.

Kilkenny's 11th hour meeting tomorrow morning meanwhile could yet decide if it'll be a six or seven horse race for the Áras.

Meanwhile, Independent presidential candidate Sean Gallagher says some county councils are blocking the democratic process by not allowing Independent candidates get their name onto the ballot paper.

The Cavan entrepreneur will hand in his nomination papers today, alongside Fine Gael's presidential candidate Gay Mitchell.

Mr Gallagher is urging county councils to give the necessary nominations to Dana and Senator Norris in order to allow them enter the race.

"It's disappointing now that 21 councils have already voted and yet there are only two Independents on the ballot paper," he said.

"I really think that the democratic process is difficult enough for Independents, and we should be making it easier and fairer for Independents in the true principle of democracy."

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