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Dana's team are 'confident'

DANA Rosemary Scallon's team are confident they have the support of three councils to nominate the Derrywoman as a presidential candidate.

The team says it has the support of Donegal, Roscommon and Longford and Dana (inset) needs the backing of just one more council to get her into the race.

The coming week will see a battle between Dana and rival David Norris for the remaining councils' vital support as the deadline for nominations looms at noon next Wednesday.

Davis 'on track' to gain Limerick

MARY Davis has no plans to surrender the surplus support she has from councils to allow other candidates enter the race.

She has caught the votes of 12 councils so far and is on track to also gain the support of Limerick next week.

Although she only needs the support of four, a spokesman for the candidate says she has no plans to surrender support from her surplus to allow other candidates into the race.

"It's very important to Mary that she has the support of people at grassroots level going into this important campaign," added the spokesman.

First live debate for Late Show

THE Late Late Show has secured a major coup to screen the first TV confrontation between presidential rivals next week.

The show on September 30 will broadcast the first live debate between the contenders.

It is likely that each candidate will make a presentation with host Ryan Tubridy before facing questions from the audience.

The decision to stage the event is seen as a major boost for the Friday night programme.