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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.

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.”

Would you re-elect Michael D Higgins? 

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The final countdown to the referendum to Repeal the 8th Amendment to the constitution is on, with just three sleeps to go before Ireland gets the opportunity to maintain or do away with the legislation which prevents women from legally acquiring abortion healthcare on Irish soil. 

If you are planning to vote in the upcoming referendum (which we encourage everyone to do so) then there are a few things to keep in mind before your stroll, drive or public transport commute to your polling station. 

The polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm so make the time to get down there before or after work, or during lunch time. 

 

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First up – do not wear a Repeal or Save the 8th jumper, or any clothing, badges or accessories with the words yes or no on them.  

Clothing with campaign slogans could be seen as canvassing, and canvassing at a polling station is considered an offence. 

It's up to the discretion of the presiding polling station officer to decide if your jumper or badge is 'canvassing' but just to be safe, leave them at home. 

Next do not forget your polling card, as having your allotted card with you on the day speeds up your check-in process while also allowing you to vote. 

Photography by Saibh Egan | Galway Pro-Choice members at the Abortion Rights Campaign

If you don't have a polling card, a passport, a drivers license, a student ID containing a photograph (student travel cards not accepted) or a public services card will suffice. Age Cards are not listed as accepted. 

Bring a form of the above ID even if you have a polling card, as there is a chance you will be asked.

Don't take any pictures in the polling station, and DEFINITELY don't take any images inside the booth, of either you or your vote. 

As for the vote itself, make sure it gets stamped by polling station staff. 

 

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The question will read: 'Do you approve of the proposal to amend the Constitution contained in the undermentioned Bill?'

Put an X in the box for Yes or No and don't doodle on the paper or write any messages. There should be two pen strokes on that paper making up your X and that is is, or you risk spoiling your vote. 

And just put and X to indicate your vote, not a tick and don't colour in the box you want. 

If you make an honest mistake, you can ask for a new ballot slip as long as you haven't already put it in the ballot box. 

Show the back of your ballot paper to the local [polling official, fold it in half, and place it into the sealed ballot box. Job done. 

You can take your selfie in your campaign merch when you get home and share words of encouragement to others online about how they need to get out and vote that day. 

The day after the vote, the ballot boxes will be opened and counted. 

Feature image: Photography by Saibh Egan | Galway Pro-Choice members at the Abortion Rights Campaign

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The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is urging young people to register to vote ahead of the November 25 deadline.

It's feared that up to 150,000 young people may not be eligible to vote in a number of referendums scheduled to take place in 2018, including the vote on the Eight Amendment.

The council is encouraging people who have not yet registered (particularly those aged between 18 and 29) to fill out the RFA1 form and post it to the relevant local authority by Thursday, November 23.

Alternatively the form could be physically handed in on the November 25 deadline.

You must be 18-years-old to legally vote in Ireland, however, anyone who comes of age on or before February 15, 2018, is eligible to register.

According to The Irish Times, NCYI director, James Doorley has called for the “cumbersome and outdated” registration system to be revamped.

“Every year over 60,000 young people turn 18 and become eligible to vote, yet our cumbersome and outdated system makes it hard for many of them to get on the electoral roll.”

“It is ridiculous that in the 21st Century eligible voters cannot register online, we are effectively still administering a 19th Century voter registration system – all that’s missing is the quills.”

RFA1 forms are available from all local authorities, post offices and public libraries. You can also download a digital copy here.

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Now that the Oscars, the Grammys and the Brits are officially behind us, we feel it's about time we turned our attention to the most exciting award show of the year.

So without further ado, it's time to reveal that we will be holding the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this summer, and cannot wait for you to get involved!

Taking place on May 4 in The Mansion House in Dublin, The SHEmazing! Awards will celebrate the people, products and places that are inspiring us across the realms of fashion, beauty, lifestyle and entertainment, and this is where you step in!

With your fingers constantly on the pulse, we can't think of anyone more qualified to determine our winners on the night than you, our SHEmazing! readers.

Whether social activism is your thing, social media floats your boat, or the foodie, fitness and fashion worlds fascinate you, we want to hear from you. And we want to hear from you now!

If you want a say in who takes home one of our 16 highly-sought after gongs on the night of the gala, now is the time to do it!

Ladies, you can cast your vote right here, so let your voices be heard!

 

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He may be one of music’s most beloved golden boys, but that doesn’t mean Justin Timberlake is totally immune from trouble.

The Cry Me a River singer landed himself in hot water this week when he snapped himself voting in the US presidential election in his home state of Tennessee.

Alongside a picture of himself posing in a polling station, the singer wrote: “I just flew from LA to Memphis to #rockthevote!!! No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town, too.”

After sharing the image on Instagram, the 35-year-old was reported for violating a new Tennessee law which prohibits voters from using phones for any purpose while voting.

Yesterday, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office released a statement saying it had been “made aware of a possible violation of election law” and that “the matter is under review by the D.A.’s Office”.

But luckily for Justin, the office seems to have since changed its mind as Local Memphis has reported that the D.A. will not be reviewing JT’s case.

 

NBD… Just hanging with The Notorious at #UFC200

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In a second statement, D.A. Amy Weirich said: “The statement released earlier today by my office regarding Justin Timberlake and an investigation was incorrect and was released without my knowledge.”

“I am out of town at a conference.  No one in our office is currently investigating this matter nor will we be using our limited resources to do so.”

 

I see you…getting your #TimberlakeAndChill on…. @netflix

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Sounds like Justin won't be spending 30 days in jail after all!

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As the US presidential campaign went up a gear this week, Katy Perry decided to contribute to the discussion by reminding US citizens to exercise their right to vote on November 8.

And she did it naked.

Teasing fans with her plan on Twitter yesterday, Katy tweeted: "TOMORROW, I USE MY BODY AS CLICK BAIT TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD."

And after spending much of the intervening period sharing her thoughts on last night's presidential debate, Katy finally revealed her video.

Created in conjunction with Rock the Vote, the Firework singer assured the public that it didn't matter what you were rocking when you rocked your vote as long as you had your say in one of the most controversial presidential campaigns in US history.

From your PJs to your birthday suit, it's all good in the American Constitution… until it isn't.

Turns out Katy needed to brush up a little on her polling booth etiquette, but hey she was half right…right?

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that the United States is currently in a state of major upheaval.

From the presidential campaign to ongoing debates on gun control, the vast majority of US citizens are doing their utmost to ensure their voices are heard.

So, it's no surprise that Meghan Trainor's recent admission has gone down like a led balloon with the American public this week.

Speaking to Billboard, the 22-year-old singer admitted that she has never exercised her right to vote nor does she have any intention of doing so.

"I’ve never voted and I don’t have any desire to," she admitted in a decision which has stunned thousands of her fans and followers.

"I should be way more aware, and if it was Hillary Clinton or Trump I’d definitely vote for her," the singer confided in an ill-advised commentary on her own understanding of politics and the issues which affect her fans and fellow countrymen.

Unsurprisingly, people have taken to Twitter in their droves to slam Meghan's remarks and call her out on her supposed hypocrisy.

We bet she's regretting those comments now…

 

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When voters either fill their ballot card out incorrectly or tried to vote for a candidate who wasn't actually on the ballot, the vote gets spoiled.

Thousands of ballot cards have already been spoiled in this general election, but we didn't expect to see this.

Some nutter decided to write in Conor McGregor as a candidate, they even gave him a imaginary ticked box.

And while Conor was NOT running in the election, we do wonder if this master mind was on to something. 

Maybe in the next general election, champ…

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Finding The One can be a tough slog. As can finding The One You Want To Vote For.

Well, now you can combine those two searches (kinda) with one app – TDer. Like Tinder, you can swipe through profiles of different men and women looking to get your attention and fill your ears with sweet nothings.

Unlike Tinder, they don't want to date you. They just want your vote.

Okay, Irish digital agency Friday might have been having some cheeky fun when they invented TDer, with its Tinder-esque profile for each General Election candidate, but we reeeally wish it was real.

After all, who could say no to this beautiful face (and mountain of chest hair)?

Or Mr. Inda Kinny himself?

Joan also gets a look-in…

Oh, and she liked us back:

Gerry got his pet goat in for his profile pic…

And Lucinda's still looking for love…

Check out TDer yourself here, and who knows, you could find your (political) match.

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