Shane Ross has become the 18th Oireachtas member to sign the nomination papers for Senator David Norris to contest the Presidential Election. He is now just two signatures short for the nomination from Oireachtas members. Where will he get those two signatures is the big question.
Michael Lowry TD, Mattie McGrath TD and Senator Martin McAleese have all been mentioned as possible signatories but will it happen?
If he cannot get the 20 it is most likely that he will easily secure the support of 3 more councils to add to the nomination of Fingal County Council.
About 12 councils are meeting this week. Most of them will consider motions supporting both Senator Norris and Dana Rosemary Scanlon. The councils meeting this week are:
- South Dublin County Council
- Dublin City Council
- Kilkenny County Council
- Carlow County Council
- Longford County Council
- Roscommon County Council
- Waterford City Council
- Donegal County Council
- Laois County Council
- Cork County Council
- Offaly County Council
The most interesting meeting will be that of Kilkenny County Council who meet at 8:30am on Wednesday to ensure that their nomination gets in by close of nomination at Midday. Paddy Power are even taking bets to see if Kilkenny will get their nomination in on time! There is talks of a Garda Escort!
It will be an interesting week!
- Norris Tantalisingly Close To Nomination, Dana still in the race. (stephenspillane.com)
- Race for the Aras Gets Under-way (stephenspillane.com)
- Pollwatch: RED C/SBP Polls September 25th (stephenspillane.com)