DONEGAL County Council has found a way around a nomination bid by Dana, donegaldaily.com can reveal.
It would have been too late for her or David Norris to have been included in next Monday’s monthly meeting agenda.
Now Fianna Fail councillors in the county have asked for a special meeting next Tuesday in the hope they can support her nomination.
Statutory rules show this can be the way of doing it without breaching local authority laws.
As long as nine council members turn up, and a majority back Dana, she can get the nomination of the council.
It’s understood Fine Gael, Sinn Fein and Labour councillors are now considering whether they should back the right-wing Derry woman, abstain or vote against the nomination.
It’s thought Fine Gael is the party most worried about Dana’s possible entry into the election race.
Mayor Noel McBride said he has agreed to facilitate the meeting next Tuesday morning, provided notices reach councillors by Friday.