President Michael D Higgins has said in a statement that he will run for a second term in the Áras.
Previously, the figure head had said on the night of his election in 2011 that he would not seek another term in the position.
However, in recent years he has changed his mind and it was widely speculated that he would seek re-election.
President Michael D Higgins arriving at the ceremony marking the National Day of Commemoration, at Collins Barracks in Dublin earlier today.
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Last autumn, the president said he would set out his intentions by September 2018, on seeking a second-term.
Nevertheless in recent weeks, he signalled that he would make his position known this month.
A statement issued today stated:
“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.”
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