He secured the backing of four county councils

Sean Gallagher has been endorsed by four county councils to run in this years presidential election.

The former Dragons Den star has received the backing of Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo and Wexford county councils today.

Fellow businessman and Dragon's Den star Gavin Duffy has two - Meath and Carlow.

While Senator Joan Freeman has one - Cork county council.

The hopefuls need the backing of four local authorities or 20 Oireachtas members to make it onto the ballot paper.