The whole of Tipperary is on course to give its full backing to Mary Davis’ Presidential bid, following South Tipp’s formal endorsement for her bid on Monday.
The Independent candidate was not present in the Chamber when the Council made its resolution. The motion to support Ms Davis was put forward by Labour Cllr Darren Ryan, and supported by Cllr Siobhán Ambrose, Michael Anglim, and Sylvia Cooney Sheehan.
The vote was supported by 10 Councillors in the Chamber - the three Labour Councillors, Darren Ryan, Sean Lonergan, and Bobbie Fitzgerald, along with the Fianna Fáil Councillors, Michael Anglim, and Siobhán Ambrose
Cllr Pat English (Workers Unemployed Action Group), and Independents Eddie O’Meara, Denis Leahy, Richie Molloy, and Tom Wood also voted in favour. The Fine Gael Councillors abstained in favour of their own candidate Gay Mitchell.
Ms Davis now has the backing of enough Councils to officially run for the Presidency. The resolution was widely expected to be passed as the Council had already signalled its intent to back Ms Davis months ago.
Next Monday, North Tipperary is expected to also formally nominate the Special Olympics Organiser. Chairperson of North Tipp County Council, Cllr Michéal Lowry said the Council had received no other advances from other prospective candidates. “We signalled our intention a long time ago. No other candidate has given us a reason to change our mind.”
Ms Davis is now officially endorsed, so North Tipp’s vote will make no difference to the campaign. “It’s not a wasted vote,” insisted Cllr Lowy. “We were the fourth Council to publically proclaim our support for her. It’s just the way the meetings were scheduled. Other Councils knew we were supporting her.”
A candidate has until three days before next Monday to make a final pitch to North Tipperary County Council.