Eamon O'Cuiv is the latest name to be linked with the Presidential election, but the Galway West TD has been unavailable for comment this morning.

It emerged yesterday evening that Galway Fianna Fail Councillor Ollie Crowe has written to all party councillors across the country, rallying support for Deputy O'Cuiv to contest the Presidential election.

It's reported today that the Galway West TD gave permission for the email to be sent to party councillors on Friday.

However, the Fianna Fail parliamentary party has voted to support Michael D Higgins for a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin, and not to field a candidate.

Councillor Crowe believes 95% of FF councillors and grassroots members believe the party should contest the Presidential election.

He says this should have been a decision for the party's national Executive, rather than the parliamentary party.

Councillor Crowe confirmed he had Deputy O'Cuiv's permission to lead the campaign, and says he believed there's strong support for Eamon O'Cuiv to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Eamon De Valera, who served as President from 1959 to 1973.

 He's confident Mr O'Cuiv would have the support of at least four local authorities.

Meanwhile, Senator Joan Freeman and businessman Gavin Duffy will make their first appeals today as they bid for Presidential nominations.

Waterford City and County Council will be the first to declare this afternoon after holding a special meeting to hear from the two candidates.

According to the guidelines, potential candidates have to secure the backing of four local authorities in order to get on the ballot paper.

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