The organisers of the MacGill Summer School in Glenties have expressed there disappointment that Senator David Norris was a no-show at the first public forum for declared presidential candidates last night.
However, since it was confirmed that Senator Norris would not be attending, details have emerged of two high profile resignations from his campaign team which its thought may throw his bid to be president in to chaos.
While it has not be confirmed, it is thought that the resiginations yesterday, may have contributed to Senator Norris's decision not to take part in the MacGill Summer School event.
His Director of Communications Jane Cregan and Director of Elections Derek Murphy have stepped down.
It's reportedly over claims about a court case in Israel involving Mr Norris' former partner, an Israeli born political activist - who works on behalf of Palestinians.
Ezra Yizhak Nawi was convicted of having sex with an underage Palestinian youth in 1992. In more recent years Mr Nawi has clashed with the Israeli authorities for his political activities on behalf of Palestinians.
Four of the five declared contestants Gay Mitchell, Michael D Higgins, Mary Davis and Sean Gallagher did take part in the debate on 'The role of Uachtaran na hEireann'
All four participants stressed the need to repair Ireland's damaged reputation internationally.