Kilkenny County Council’s special meeting to consider whether to nominate a candidate for the presidential election has been moved to Monday morning to facilitate an appearance by Dana Rosemary Scallon. The council was already due to consider a motion on whether to nominate Senator David Norris to stand as a candidate.
Senator Norris received a nomination from Fingal County Council this week, and other councils are also due to vote on whether to nominate him on Monday.
Dana’s nomination will be put forward by Cllr Matt Doran (FF), who was contacted by the presidential hopeful to ask for an opportunity to address the council in search of a nomination. Cllr Doran has requested that the council facilitate her request, although he said it was not a decision on behalf of the Fianna Fáil party. Its members will be free to vote as they choose on Monday, he said.
Kilkenny County Council’s special meeting was originally proposed by Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens). “I believe every candidate should have an opportunity to run. It is up to the electorate to be the arbiter of the merits of each candidate,” he said of his decision to ask the council to consider nominating Senator Norris.
The deadline for presidential nominations is September 28.