The race for the Aras is heating up.

Sean Gallagher is now officially a candidate and Joan Freeman and Gavin Duffy are edging closer to securing the nod.

Businessman Sean Gallagher has secured a nomination to contest the Presidential Election after receiving the support of four local authorities.

Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Wexford county councils all voted in favour of Mr Gallagher running in the election next month.

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 some 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. 

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