The Irish presidential election of 2018 will take place on Friday, 26 October, between 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. President Michael D. Higgins, who was elected in 2011, is seeking re-election. This will be the first time since the 1966 election that an incumbent president will face a contest for a second term, and the first occasion on which an incumbent president nominating themselves for re-election has been opposed, as Éamon de Valera was nominated by Fianna Fáil when he sought re-election in 1966. It is also the first election with two candidates who contested the previous election. The inauguration for the next presidential term will take place on 11 November.
The election will be held on the same date as a referendum on blasphemy.
Sources and further reading:
Irish presidential election: All you need to know about the candidates taking on Michael D Higgins
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