Nominations a commodity for presidential rivals to Higgins

Getting a place on the ballot is challenging and may only be worthwhile for the incumbent and Sinn Fein’s candidate


President Michael D Higgins. Photo: Arthur Carron
President Michael D Higgins. Photo: Arthur Carron

When Michael D Higgins fired the starting gun on this year’s presidential race, he may have triggered a campaign where the greatest feat is being able to take part – not winning the contest.

A former or retiring president can nominate himself or herself but for anyone else intending to run, the journey is much more arduous.

Each candidate must be nominated by a collective of public representatives.

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