Michael D Higgins says the people of Ireland have been asking him since 2016 to serve a second term as President.
He officially launched his campaign to seek a second term as President, in the grounds of the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough, Castlebar yesterday
He was in Mayo for two official engagements, he visited Hope House Addiction Centre in Foxford who are celebrating their 25th year in existence and he launched an exhibition called Travellers’ Journey in the Museum in Turlough.
After that launch, the President held a press conference to announce a decision, that had been speculated on for some time, that he is to seek a second term in the office.
President Higgins said seven years ago he would only serve for one term, but yesterday when he was asked what had changed, he said that since 2016 the people of Ireland have been asking him to stand again.
He now has four months remaining in his present term as President and has also made his intention known that he is seeking a second term. He’s not the only one expressing an interest in the job, so it’s highly likely there will be an election, before that, an election campaign will have to take place. He insists he will keep both roles separate.
It remains to be seen how he will achieve it. He launched his campaign to run again, at the end of an official Presidential visit to Mayo. He journeyed to Mayo using tax payers money and he left Turlough in a state car and with security. The line between his Presidential duties and his challenge for a second term in office appears thin.