COUNTY COUNCILLORS CONFIRM MARY DAVIS NOMINATION

16 September 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Co Council have formally confirmed their nomination as a local authority of the candidature of Independent contender Mary Davis in the forthcoming Presidential election.
At a special meeting on Monday morning, Council members voted 14-1 to nominate the Special Olympics Chief Executive, only Fine Gael’s Hugh McElvaney opposing, stating that it would be hypocritical for him to support Ms Davis when he would be actively campaigning for his party’s candidate Gay Mitchell.
The remaining FG councillors present at the meeting abstained.
During the debate many speakers called for reforms in the manner in which aspirants to the position of President could secure their nomination. Sinn Féin members advocated the extension of voting rights in Presidential elections to all those living on the island of Ireland as well as the members of the Irish Diaspora abroad.
Ms Davis has now secured the support of seven local authorities and will be on the ballot paper in the contest, as will fellow Independent Sean Gallagher. The ‘Dragon’s Den’ entrepreneur, who has close links with counties Monaghan and Cavan, has also acquired the requisite local authority backing to secure his nomination.
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