Reactions to President Michael D. Higgins Running for Second Term

The news was met with a hugely positive response on Twitter, though one putative candidate is complaining...

Michael D. Higgins announced today that he will be seeking a second term as President of Ireland.

The President (pictured here with Jackie Byrne) issued a short statement today, saying 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 this year."

Many took to Twitter or had done so when rumours first swelled regarding the President's intention to give him their support. In general, the support for President Higgins was strong – not least among the artistic community, for whom Michael D. Higgins has long been a champion.

However, there has been backlash from predictable quarters regarding the 'timing' of the President's announcement.

For someone to run against him, they need the support of either 20 members of the Oireachtas or four local authorities. With the Dáil set to go on recess for the Summer, Independent Senator and self-styled presidential hopeful Gerard Craughwell is claiming that President Higgins has made it difficult for anyone else to make a bid.

Mind you, this view has been comprehensively dismissed by others, who note that there was nothing whatsoever stopping Senator Craughwell from starting his own campaign months ago. "Everyone knew when the Presidential term would come to an end," one government insider said. "For him to complain now about lack of time seems entirely without merit." But this is what the putative candidate is doing.

Before the announcement Senator Craughwell posted these statements to Twitter.

Senator Craughwell then followed with this after President Higgins declared his intention.

Check back with Hot Press for further news.


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