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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Dana joins Presidential race with fourth Council backing reporters

Published 27/09/2011 | 09:01

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Cllr Tony Ward with Dana Rosemary Scallon after winning the support of Roscommon County Council
FG candidate Gay Mitchell with Maureen Kelly while canvassing in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin yesterday

DANA secured her fourth Council nomination today assuring her place on the ballot paper for the Presidential election on October 27.

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The Derry-born singer and former MEP passed the line after Offaly County Council backed her to stand for the role – just eight days after she announced her intention to run.

She received her fifth nomination later in the day when she got the backing of Longford County Council.

Senator David Norris today secured the backing of Waterford City Council bringing his nomination tally to three Councils but he still requires one more to ensure his name is on the ballot paper.

His hopes suffered a blow earlier when Cork City Council voted 20-9 against nominating him, with seven abstentions.

However, his bid was back on track when Waterford City Council met at 1pm and voted 6-3 with five abstentions to back him.

Earlier Dana got her third nomination from Donegal County Council with a 19-0 vote in Lifford to support her.

With tomorrow’s noon guillotine for Presidential nominations fast approaching, every meeting is now crucial for Senator Norris.

Senator Norris's attempts to get on the Presidential trail appeared yesterday to be running into a major barrier as Fine Gael blocked his attempts to enter the race.

In South County Dublin, six FG representatives opposed the Senator's bid to enter the race yesterday and their Dublin city colleagues are gathering today ahead of the scheduled City Council meeting this evening with a number set to go against his candidacy.

However, it is understood that Labour presidential candidate is pressing his Dublin City Council colleagues to facilitate the senator.

Kilkenny and Kildare councils are set to vote tomorrow – ahead of the noon deadline for nominations.

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