O'Doherty gets presidential endorsement from Laois council

Journalist Gemma O'Doherty has been formally endorsed by Laois County Council to contest the Presidential Election.

It is Ms Doherty’s first endorsement and she requires a further three endorsements from local authorities to secure a nomination to run for the presidency next month.

She was proposed by IndependentBen Brennan and seconded by Sinn Féin's Aidan Mullins.

Ms O’Doherty received four votes, including one vote from a Fianna Fáil councillor. There were no other proposals and 13 councillors abstained.

However, Ms O’Doherty has missed out on an endorsement from Cork County Council.

She was proposed by Independent Diarmaid Ó Cadhla and seconded by his fellow Independent Kieran McCarthy.

Her name was the only one to be put before councillors at the council’s fortnightly meeting this morning.

Five councillors voted in favour, with 28 against and six abstentions. There were 39 of the 55 councillors present for the vote.

Ms O'Doherty said she was in discussions with the group of Oireachtas Independent TDs and Senators and was hopeful she can receive their support for a nomination.

Speaking in Portlaoise this morning, she said she was also hopeful that more Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael councillors would support her nomination in the last remaining counties where the votes have yet to take place.

Two motions before a special Sligo County Council meeting this morning to endorse candidates to run for the presidency were withdrawn.

A motion to back Seán Gallagher had been proposed by Fianna Fáil councillor Keith Henry, while independent councillor Michael Clarkehad put down a motion to support Peter Casey.

Neither of the proposers was in the council chamber for this morning's meeting.

Cathaoirleach Martin Baker said they had withdrawn their motions, but no reasons for this were given to the small number of councillors present.

Following the withdrawal of the motions, Sinn Féin councillor Chris McManus said that the whole process of seeking nominations for the presidency had become farcical.

Galway County Council, meanwhile, has unanimously endorsed the candidacy of Senator Joan Freeman.

A motion formally endorsing her candidacy came before councillors at this morning's meeting of the local authority.

The backing rubber-stamps the support expressed for Senator Freemanat a special Council meeting a fortnight ago.

Today's resolution gives formal effect to that decision.

Kildare County Councilisalso set to meet today to discuss presidential endorsements.

Presidential Election hopefuls must secure the support of four local authorities or 20 TDs and senators to stand in the election.

A sitting president can nominate themselves to seek a second term and President Michael D Higgins has already indicated that he intends to run.

Mr Gallagher,Ms Freeman, Mr Casey, Gavin Duffy and Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riadahave all been nominated to run in the election.

If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
1 view in january
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Jonathan Sexton will have no trouble shrugging off the latest barb from English coach Eddie Jones, according to Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi. And despite not playing since defeat to Munster at Christmas, the Argentinian argues that Sexton's experience will ensure he will be ready to face the English in the Aviva Six Nations opener on Saturday week. "Eddie said it, I'll put it that way," said Contepomi after Jones claimed Sexton has a "bat phone" t...
It brings the total number of arrests to four. Detectives investigating a car bomb explosion in Derry have arrested a further two men. The 34 and 42-year-olds were taken into custody by police in the city yesterday evening. It brings to four the total number of arrests. Two other men - both aged in their 20s - were arrested earlier on Sunday. The explosion happened outside Bishop Street courthouse on Saturday night. Nobody was injured in the blast. Disside...
Dáil Éireann held its first public meeting in the Mansion House on 21st January 1919. Events are being held in Dublin today to mark the centenary of the first ever sitting of the Dáil. A joint sitting of the Dáil and the Seanad will take place at the Mansion House, where the Dáil first publicly sat on January 21st 1919. President Michael D Higgins will also deliver a keynote address during today's ceremony. The Mansion House was open to the public over the...
The 60-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. A man has died after being hit by a truck in Co Waterford. It happened at around 8:15pm last night at Killossera, Dungarvan. The 60-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. His body has been taken to the mortuary at University Hospital Waterford. The male driver of the truck was not injured in the crash. A forensic exam is being carried out at the scene. The road remains closed this...
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has called the failure to prosecute 3,000 youth offenders a "humiliating professional failure" for the force. He also apologised to all those who were victims of crimes committed by those who were never prosecuted. An internal report into the force's youth referral scheme found that 7,894 cases where youths were deemed not to be suitable for the diversion programme were not appropriately dealt with over a seven-year period. A...
Victor Marin Del Sol's children spent a year in Irish schools. A Dublin-based Spanish waiter killed his partner and two Irish-born children in a murder-suicide in Poland just days before Christmas. Two Dublin schools have expressed their shock at the news. Victor Marin Del Sol's three children spent a year in schools in Rathfarnham, before they moved to Poland with their mother. The Irish Independent reports that Marin Del Sol flew to Poland to spend time...
New laws on hold in Dáil to focus on emergency legislation. Ministers will today agree to essentially freeze work on all new laws as they bid to get ahead of a chaotic no-deal Brexit. Just six pieces of non-Brexit related legislation have made it to the Government's priority list for the new term, the Irish Independent understands. This is an acknowledgement that British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a crushing defeat when the Withdrawal Agreement is pu...
The incident happened on Ballinteer Avenue in south Dublin at around 6pm on Sunday evening. Four people were arrested after a vehicle crashed into a wall after failing to stop for gardai.The incident happened on Ballinteer Avenue in south Dublin at around 6pm on Sunday evening. Three of the arrested men are in their 20s and were held in Dunrdrum garda station while a fourth (juvenile) was held in Dun Laoghaire.Three of the men are set to appear in court th...
Too early to say when hotel on Leitrim-Roscommon border can open, says Minister. The Minister for Justice has said he is “deeply concerned” following a fire at a former hotel on the Leitrim/Roscommon border that was to open as a centre for asylum seekers. The Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey on the Leitrim/Roscommon border had been due to open shortly as a direct-provision accommodation centre for 80 people. However, on Thursday night, the emergency servi...