Despite not attending today's meeting, Mayo County Council have nominated Sean Gallagher to run as a candidate in the Presidential Election.

Councillors voted by 12 to 10 in favour of a proposal to back the independent candidate.

Mr Gallagher's candidacy was supported by Fianna Fáil and Independent members of the Council. 

Only one of those seeking a nomination attended a special meeting of the local authority in Castlebar this morning and that was Sarah Louise Mulligan.

Mr Gallagher was not present for the vote. 

A number of prospective candidates seeking endorsements from local authorities to contest the Presidential Election next month will appear before council meetings today. 

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