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Confirmed: Michael D Higgins says he WILL seek a second term as president

Politics

The President has confirmed he will seek a second term in the Áras, as had been widely expected.

MICHAEL D HIGGINS has confirmed he will seek a second term in the Áras, as had been widely expected.

The President said on the night of his election in 2011 that he did not intend to seek a second term, but his position has shifted in recent years.

He had said he would address the issue “in the fullness of time”. Last autumn he said he would make his intentions clear by September 2018, but in recent weeks it was made clear he would declare his intentions at some stage this month.

A statement issued today says:

“President Michael D. Higgins wishes to confirm that he will be offering himself as an independent candidate, under Article 12.4.4 of Bunreacht Na hÉireann, when the Ministerial Order for a Presidential Election is made later in the year.

“The Government has been informed of this decision.

“The President’s programme of official duties and engagements continues.”