LOUTH County Council has confirmed its backing for presidential candidate Mary Davis despite the fact that she had already received enough nominations to enter the race.
Councillors had already indicated their support for the Special Olympics founder at their June meeting when they had been addressed by four independents seeking enough local authority nominations to be able to stand for election. However they were unable to formally endorse her until after the date for the election had been set.
They were told at Monday's meeting that they had heard nothing back from Sean Gallagher who has now received sufficient nominations from other local authorities while a letter from Mary Davis had indicated that she would still value their support.
Communication had also been received from two other people seeking nominations, a Garrett Kelly from Dublin and a Joseph Duffy from Monaghan.
Cllr Frank Godfrey quipped that the could have ' the three Marys' with Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese and Mary Davis, describing the latter as a very caring person.
He felt that the current system was 'very undemocratic' and wasted a lot of time for council's when it should be the decision of the people. He noted that David Norris was still getting alot of support despite the controversy but won't get the chance to stand if he doesn't get the support of individual politicians and senators.
'It's good to see Martin McGuinness in the race – maybe Martin Trimble will be next,' he quipped.
Cllr Jim Ryan proposed that they nominate Senator David Norris but Cllr Peter Savage said he didn't know if they can support someone if they were not sure if they were a candidate.
'He hasn't written in saying he isn't a candidate,' commented chairman Cllr Oliver Tully.
In the subsequent vote, 13 councillors supported Mary Davis, 10 abstained, two supported Senator Norris and one was absent.