Gay to run as Norris bid flounders
DUBLIN MEP Gay Mitchell has confirmed that he'll seek the Fine Gael presidential nomination.
The party is now facing a three-way battle for the nomination after Mitchell officially stated his intention to run this morning, the Herald can reveal.
He said: "I have decided that I am going to go for it. I'll give it my best shot."
The former TD will take on current MEP Mairead McGuinness and former President of the European Parliament Pat Cox in a battle which looks set to divide party members.
Mr Mitchell had previously ruled out interest in the candidacy as it was widely expected that former party leader John Bruton would declare his intention. But he has since changed his position.
Meanwhile, Senator David Norris' presidential bid appeared to be in tatters today as he depended on spooked councillors in order to gain a nomination.
His latest comments about the age of consent have sparked fresh fury.