Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice has got the support of 19 Independent TDs and Senators to back the nomination of a candidate seeking to contest the Presidential election.

Investigative journalist Gemma O'Doherty is the latest to announce her intention to seek a nomination for the presidency.

She is one of a number of independent candidates seeking a nomination.

A candidate needs the support of 20 Oireachtas members or 4 local authorities to secure a nomination.

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour have all decided to support current President Michael D Higgins' bid for a second term, while Sinn Fein confirmed earlier this Summer that it would be fielding a candidate, but has not yet announced the candidate.

Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice believes that-in the interests of democracy - the Independent Oireachtas members should facilitate a candidate to contest the election, but is not asking his colleagues at this point to state their preferred candidate.

Deputy Fitzmaurice told Midwest News this evening that he will be contacting his Independent colleagues again this week on the matter...

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