Norris inching closer to Áras starting line

Independent Senator David Norris may be leading in the opinion polls, but he has not actually secured a place on the ballot paper to contest the Irish Presidential election – yet.  He has now got an 18th signature, albeit from a reluctant Shane Ross, TD.  Others remain undecided.  And Senator Martin McAleese has repeated his refusal to support or nominate any candidate in the election.  Two more Oireachtas signatures are required, by Wednesday, however reluctant they might be…

RTÉ tells us that “around 12 County Councils are to meet in the next few days to decide who they will be supporting”.  The support of at least 4 are required, again by Wednesday, to make the ballot paper.