Candidates hoping to contest next month's Presidential election will be on the campaign trail again today, as both Roscommon and Wexford County Councils hold special meetings to hear presentations from candidates.

 Hopeful candidates need the backing of four local authorities or 20 Oireachtas members to get their name on the ballot paper.

 Roscommon County Council will meet at 2.30 this afternoon and councillors expect to hear presentations from up to 9 candidates, while Wexford County Council meets at 9.30am this morning. 

To date, two candidates have each received the backing of one local authority - Gavin Duffy was supported by Meath Co Co on Monday, while later that evening, Cork City Council gave its support to Senator Joan Freeman.

 It appears that Séan Gallagher is likely to receive the backing of Leitrim Co Co in his bid to run for the Presidency.

After hearing from candidates at a meeting on Monday, three councillors have proposed motions supporting Mr Gallagher's candidacy for approval next Monday.

It's understood that, as there's no counter motion in favour of any other candidate, councillors will approve his nomination.




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