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

15:56  10 july  2018
15:56  10 july  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins will seek a second term in office, it’s understood. The 77-year-old – who was elected President back in 2011 – has told senior Government officials he will likely run again for the Aras this year.

An accessible president . Michael D Higgins is undoubtedly a popular president as highlighted by the various opinion polls. There is also the matter of age. If he served a second term , Michael D Higgins would be 84 when leaving office.

a man wearing a suit and tie © RollingNews.ie 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.

Irish President Michael D. Higgins arrives to the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Nov. 21, 2016. Higgins is in Peru in a official two day visit. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Irish President Michael D. Higgins arrives to the government palace in Lima, Peru, Friday, Nov. 21, 2016. Higgins is in Peru in a official two day visit. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

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.

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Fianna Fáil has taken a decision that it will endorse President Michael D Higgins if, as expected, he seeks a second term . The matter was discussed at a meeting of the parliamentary party in Leinster House this evening.

The next Irish presidential election will take place in November 2018 at the latest. The incumbent president is Michael D . Higgins , who was elected in 2011.

Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina  (Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina (Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images) 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.

Irish President Michael D Higgins and the First Lady Sabina Higgins (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) © Artur Widak/NurPhoto Irish President Michael D Higgins and the First Lady Sabina Higgins (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) “The Government has been informed of this decision.

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

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