Irish Presidential Election confirmed for Friday, 26 October
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It has been confirmed that the 2018 Irish Presidential Election will take place on Friday, 26 October.
The election writ was signed by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and now nominations to contest the election can be lodged.
The opening date for nominations to contest the election will be Thursday, 30 August, and nominations will close on 26 September.
Those seeking a nomination to contest the election must have the support of four local authorities or the backing of 20 members of the Oireachtas.
As sitting President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins can nominate himself for the position.
Journalist Gemma O'Doherty, Dragons' Den star Gavin Duffy, artist Kevin Sharkey, co-founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman, Eamon Ó'Cuív, a potential mystery Sinn Féin candidate are all seeking election to Áras an Uachtaráin.