Irish presidential election: Sinn Féin to open nominations

Mary Lou McDonald Image caption Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald believes more youthful voters should get the danger to elect the president

Sinn Féin opens its nomination procedure later for candidates who want to contest the Irish presidential election.

Incumbent Michael D Higgins, who has been president given that 2011, has the give a boost to of a few political parties.

But Sinn Féin has already stated it’s going to recommend a candidate for the election. it’s only the second time ever that a sitting Irish president may have to face a challenger.

Nominations will shut on 10 September.

Irish president to seek 2nd time period President faces challenger in atypical ballot

President Higgins has the backing of the best government celebration Fantastic Gael, the principle opposition celebration Fianna Fáil and the Irish Labour Birthday Party.

Symbol copyright PA Image caption Michael D Higgins was once elected the 9th president of the Republic of ireland in 2011

There has been speculation that Sinn Féin would opt to select a feminine candidate this time around, even as Irish nationwide broadcaster RTÉ said Belfast solicitor and former Westminster candidate John Finucane was also a possible contender.

A number of independent applicants have also expressed pastime in challenging President Higgins, including the Irish businessman Gavin Duffy, and Irish senators Joan Freeman and Pádraig Ó Céidigh and so much not too long ago, journalist Gemma O’Doherty.

In order to formally contest the election, they need the backing of both 20 members of the Irish parliament or four local authorities.

The election is probably going to happen on 26 October.

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