Ireland Leo Varadkar to campaign for Michael D Higgins as he bids for second term as president

08:15  12 july  2018
08:15  12 july  2018 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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

  Confirmed: Michael D Higgins says he WILL seek a second term as president The President 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. © 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”.

Michael D Higgins has confirmed that he will seek a second term as President . Speaking in Co Mayo this afternoon, Mr Higgins said he had met all of the demands of the office and had decided to run again.

On the President 's behalf, Leo Varadkar , Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, awarded ^ "' President ' Sheen adds lustre to Michael D bid for Áras". Galway City Tribune. Documentary about Michael D . Higgins (family, career, and presidential campaign ) on YouTube, TG4, 2011.

a person wearing a suit and tie © Credits: Collins Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael have decided to back Michael D Higgins bid to seek a second term as president.

Varadkar and co held a meeting last night and released the news at the same time people were fixated on England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

The party decided they would not be running their own candidate, leaving Sinn Fein as the only large party who may put someone forward.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, The Taoiseach said that they are now going to campaign for Higgins to be re-elected.

He said: ""The Fine Gael party will support President Higgin's bid for re-election, support his campaign actively and campaign for him.

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

"We think he has done an excellent job as president, served the country very well, and deserves second term."

The move is expected to be met with criticism from independent candidates who have highlighted that the late announcements have made it difficult for them to prepare their own campagins.

Second Term

Michael D Higgins announced he was going to run for a second term earlier this week despite promising on election that he was only going to serve one.

The sprightly 77-year-old is already odds on at 1/10 with some bookmakers to win another term in the Aras and it will be very difficult for anyone to launch an effective challenge this late in the day.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has indicated strongly that the party will likely field a candidate. It is believed that the party is looking for a viable female candidate to run against the incumbent President.

Ex-Áras candidate Sean Gallagher asks county councils to clear time to discuss nominations

  Ex-Áras candidate Sean Gallagher asks county councils to clear time to discuss nominations He said that this would help to ensure a “fair playing field for all potential candidates” contesting Michael D Higgins.Gallagher has not said, however, whether he wishes to contest the election himself.

President Michael D Higgins ’ term finishes in October. “Indeed, my commitment might go well beyond that.” Speaking in 2016, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told how the 76-year-old would be supported if he decided to go for another seven years in office.

Leo Varadkar receives his seal of office from Ireland’s president Michael D Higgins . Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA. In a tribute to Kenny, who led a coalition after losing Fine Gael’s majority in the 2016 election, Varadkar said his decision to call the 2015 referendum on marriage equality had meant he

Michael D. Higgins, Meghan Markle are posing for a picture © Credits: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Mr Higgins is nearing the end of his first seven year term and it was widely regarded that he carried out his duties of office in a dignified, professional and uncontroversial manner.

Fianna Fail were first of the main political parties to announce earlier this month that they would not be opposing Mr Higgins when it was becoming clear that he was looking for a second term as President.

Labour will not be competing and will be hugely supportive of Mr Higgins’ bid as he was a Labour TD and minister from 1987 until 2011 when he was elected President as an independent candidate.

Cost

It is estimated that the cost of running a presidential election would be in the region of half-a-million-euro, and with a general election looming, most of the main parties want their war chests to be as full as possible going into next year.

Leo Varadkar  with President Michael D Higgins © Getty Leo Varadkar with President Michael D Higgins

Controversy

A number of independent senators are believed to be mulling over announcing their candidature in October’s race.

Revealed: Michael D Higgins will face these competitors in race for the Aras

  Revealed: Michael D Higgins will face these competitors in race for the Aras Revealed: Michael D Higgins will face these competitors in race for the ArasBefore a vote in October, it seems likely that he will go up against a Sinn Fein candidate and at least one Independent in his second campaign.

If Michael D wants a second term then he must fight for it. Kevin Doyle In his inauguration speech Michael D Higgins set a series of notional targets for his presidency . Varadkar hints at second term for President .

He speaks out about the inequality in our country, and he radiates integrity optimism, even when things are at their lowest ebb. Now, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has given his backing to Michael D . Higgins for another term as President of Ireland.

The most outspoken of these has been Gerard Craughwell.

On Tuesday, he said that he was “extremely angry” that Mr Higgins had waited until the “12th hour” before announcing his candidacy, thus, in Mr Craughwell’s mind, scuppering the chances of others launching a rival campaign.

The Dáil rises at the end of this week, probably Thursday evening, leaving little time for any independent candidate to canvass enough support from TDs or Senators before they go on holidays next week.

Meanwhile, one of the candidates who unsuccessfully contested the Race for President in 2011, businessman Sean Gallagher, has revealed that he has written to every local authority in the country urging them to back an independent candidate other than Mr Higgins.

He wants them to put side time on their agenda at council meetings in September to consider the matter.

Leo Varadkar at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin as he receives his seal of office as Taoiseach from President Michael D Higgins © Getty Leo Varadkar at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin as he receives his seal of office as Taoiseach from President Michael D Higgins

Nomination

There are two ways to secure a nomination to run for President.

You can either get the support from 20 members of the Oireachtas, be they one of the 158 TDs or 60 senators, or you can try and garner the support of one of the 43 local authorities currently existing in the country.

Comment: Taoiseach's talk was cheap but did reveal uncomfortable truths .
Comment: Taoiseach's talk was cheap but did reveal uncomfortable truths It will come as breaking news to many 'media luvvies' but Leo Varadkar has a point.

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