Offaly County Council has chosen not to nominate a candidate for the upcoming presidential election at their monthly meeting in Tullamore on Monday, September 17.
A number of candidates had made presentations in front of the council last week in a meeting where businessman Sean Gallagher requested that a motion supporting him in Offaly be removed after he received support from the requisite number of councils needed elsewhere.
The Fianna Fail group had already pledged their support to Gallagher and with the support of their eight councillors and two independents, Offaly's nomination was all but secured for the former Dragon whose mother is from Offaly.
However, Cllr Eamonn Dooley stood to speak for the Fianna Fail grouping when the presidential nomination came up in the agenda on Monday, informing fellow councillors that they had decided to withdraw that nomination.
Cllr. Dooley said Sean Gallagher had initially approached the Fianna Fail group for their backing and said that their subsequent support was largely down to his Offaly connections through his mother.
He expressed that he felt Sean Gallagher got "a raw deal the last time," in reference to the 2011 Presidential election.
Fianna Fail formerly withdrew their motion supporting Gallagher at the meeting.
No other candidate was put forward by any other political grouping or individual councillor.