WATCH: 'It was going to be very close. We were still confident' - Gavin Duffy on presidential nomination
Mr Gallagher proclaimed his achievement "a great day", as another contender, Senator Joan Freeman, also got the required four council endorsements for nomination.
A third potential candidate, Gavin Duffy, will also be nominated, with three councils confirmed and at least one other council committed to backing him. He spoke to Independent:
'There was going to be a very close vote' and that 'it ended up being a result that came easier than expected'.