It's after Kildare decided not to endorse anyone

Gemma O'Doherty is now unable to be nominated as a presidential candidate via the County Council route after Kildare decided not to back anyone.

The journalist received her first endorsement this morning after being backed by Laois Co. Council.

However she faced an uphill battle, as she still needed the backing of 3 other local authorities.

She didn't secure a nomination from Cork or Sligo Co. Councils this morning.

Then Kildare County Council voted not to nominate a candidate.

Gemma O'Doherty got 1 vote, Sarah Louise Mulligan got 2 and there were 22 in favour of no nomination

Donegal and Galway County Councils still have to vote but it won't be enough for Ms. O'Doherty to obtain the necessary 4 nominations.

Already on the ticket are Sean Gallagher, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy, Senator Joan Freeman, Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada and Michael D. Higgins.