Businessman Gavin Duffy has secured a nomination for the presidency from Waterford Council – giving him the four nominations he needs to run.
He is the fourth candidate to officially enter the race.
At a special council meeting this morning, he secured 14 votes over journalist Gemma O’ Doherty's two - with one abstention.
The former Dragon's Den star was previously endorsed by councils in Meath, Carlow and Wicklow.
He joins President Michael D Higgins, Senator Joan Freeman and Businessman Sean Gallagher on the ballot paper.
The election is due to be held on October 26th.