A number of presidential hopefuls will appear before council meetings across the country later today seeking endorsements to run in the election.

At least 9 local authorities will meet today as the race for the Aras gathers momentum.

 At 11am this morning Mayo County Councillors will meet in a special session to listen to seven potential contenders

Galway city councillors will vote today on their nominations after nine potential candidates addressed a special meeting of that authority last week.

Presidential hopefuls need four council nominations or the backing of 20 Oireachtas members to secure a place on the ballot paper for October 26th election.

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