The presidential race has kicked off with Wicklow resident and businessperson Sean Gallagher receiving nominations from five councils.
Gallagher received backing from Wexford, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan, and Mayo.
The former Dragon’s Den panelist will also be running against another Dragon, Gavin Duffy.
They will be joined in the race by senator Joan Freeman, who won support from Galway, Fingal, and Cork city councils.
Nominations close on September 26th, leaving the other presidential hopefuls only weeks to secure the backing necessary to join the presidential race.