PRESIDENT Michael D. Higgins has confirmed he will be running for a second term as President of Ireland.
It had been widely speculated that President Higgins would seek another term, and the government has been officially informed of this decision this morning.
The President originally told the public on the night of his election in 2011 that he did not intend to seek a second term.
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.”