President Michael D. Higgins has confirmed he's running for a second Presidential term.
The Government has been informed of this decision.
A statement on his behalf reads "President Michael D. Higgins wishes to confirm that he will be offering himself as an independent candidate, under Article 12.4.4 of Bunreacht Na hÉireann, when the Ministerial Order for a Presidential Election is made later in the year."
The move ends months of speculation about his plans, despite previously saying he would be a one term President.
This afternoon Michael D Higgins will speak about his decision to run again.