Mary Davis has made history this evening after receiving her tenth nomination for the Presidency. That is twice the number Dane Rosemary Scanlon received in 1997.
Last week she received nominations from Galway County Council and Sligo County Council. Today she received a further eight nominations. They were from:
- Monaghan County Council
- South Tipperary County Council
- Kerry County Council
- Wicklow County Council
- Wexford County Council
- Waterford County Council
- Mayo County Council
- Galway City Council
This is exceptional moment for the Davis Campaign and must have added to excitement at the supporters rally in Castlebar tonight.
Mary Davis is now the third independent to secure the backing of enough councils to contest the election.
Let the campaign commence!
Today Mary Davies became the first Independent Candidate to get the backing of four councils for this years Presidential Election. Both Monaghan and South Tipperary Councils passed official nominations, meaning that Ms Davies has passed the constitutional minimum to be on the ballot paper following her nomination last week by Galway County Council and Sligo County Council.
Since then both Kerry County Council and Wicklow County Council have also passed nominations in support of Ms Davies.
Mayo County Council will be meeting at 5pm to discuss her nomination, while Galway City Council will be meeting at 7pm to also discuss her nomination.
Waterford County Council is also expected to back Ms Davies later today.
Waterford City and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Councils will also discuss nominating Ms Davies, but Sean Gallagher also has a chance of winning the backing of Waterford City. While in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Fine Gael and Labour Councillors have placed motions supporting their respective party candidates.
A number of Councils that have pledged backing Sean Gallagher, the other Independent to follow this route are set to meet later this evening and mean that Mr Gallagher will join Ms Davies on the Ballot as he only requires the backing of two more councils having already been nominated by Leitrim County Council and Meath County Council.
Also today it has emerged that former MEP and 1997 Presidential Candidate, Dana Rosemary Scanlon, has secured the backing of Matti McGrath TD. She now requires the backing of 19 more Oireachtas members. She will be meeting with the Technical Group later this week and is hoping for some support from Fianna Fail in getting the Nomination.