Presidential candidate Mairead Mc Guinness in Donegal today

Fine Gael MEP Mairead Mc Guinness is in Donegal today to seek support from party councillors for her bid to secure a nomination to contest the presidential election later this year.

Ms Mc Guinness is one of three potential Fine Gael candidates - The others to declare are Pat Cox and MEP Gay Mitchell.

As a former Agriculture Journalist and broadcaster and a known campaigner on rural issues, Ms Mc Guinness, a native of Louth, will be hoping to secure substantial support in Donegal.

Responding to Pat Cox's announcement that he's throwing his name into the hat, the Fine Gael MEP says it's great for the party to have 3 strong candidates: