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Poll: Are you happy that we'll have a presidential election?

Sinn Féin’s decision to run someone effectively guarantees a contest.

President Higgins has confirmed that he will seek re-election.
President Higgins has confirmed that he will seek re-election.
Image: Brian Lawless/PA Images

LAST NIGHT, FINE Gael formally decided to support the candidacy of President Michael D Higgins for re-election.

The party has therefore asked its councillors not to support the nomination of other entrants into the race.

To get on the presidential ballot, candidates need the support of either four councils or 20 members of the Oireachtas (a one-term president can nominate themselves, as President Higgins will do).

But as Sinn Féin currently has 35 members of the Oireachtas, their decision to field a candidate effectively guarantees a presidential election.

So are you happy about this?

Today’s poll: Are you happy that we’ll have a presidential election?

Poll Results:

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Rónán Duffy

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