Dana Rosemary Scallon has announced her intention to seek a nomination for the Presidential election.
Speaking in Dublin she said she was asking the members of the Oireachtas to run as an independent candidate.
She would not divulge who was backing her but said she had some backers.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Six One News, the former MEP said it would be very, very important to get the support of Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators in order for her to secure a nomination for the Presidency.
She said she has the support of more than one independent Oireachtas member at this stage, but did not reveal how many supporters she had.
She said she has until 28 September to get the support and that while it was always difficult for an independent, the Oireachtas should open up the process for the Presidential election.
Ms Scallon has also said that there was a widespread desire for a more open process, adding that the day was gone when the keys of the Áras belonged to the political establishment.