Former MEP Dana Rosemary Scallon has formally entered the presidential race, asking TDs and Senators to nominate her.
At a press conference in Dublin she said the contest should not become
known as the "what if" election.
She wants Oireachtas members to nominate her has as an independent, and says she's asked Independent TDs and Senators, as well as those from Fianna Fail to sign her nomination papers.
She's also asking the Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin to allow his parliamentary party to have a free vote to support an external candidate.
Dana says everybody - regardless of their stance - has a right to enter the race: