Irish presidential election, 2018

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Irish presidential election, 2018

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Nominee Peter Casey Gavin Duffy Joan Freeman
Party Independent Independent Independent

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Nominee Seán Gallagher Michael D. Higgins Liadh Ní Riada
Party Independent Independent Sinn Féin

Incumbent President

Michael D. Higgins
Independent



The Irish presidential election of 2018 will take place on Friday, 26 October, between 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m.[1] President Michael D. Higgins, who was elected in 2011, is seeking re-election.[2] 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.[3]

Procedure[edit]

Presidential elections are conducted in line with Article 12 of the Constitution[4] and under the Presidential Elections Act 1993, as amended.[5] All Irish citizens entered on the current electoral register are eligible to vote.[4] Under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2011, there is a spending limit by each candidate of €750,000. Candidates who are elected or who reach 12.5% of the vote on their elimination are entitled to a reimbursement of expenses up to €200,000.[6]

Candidates[edit]

Peter Casey[edit]

Peter Casey is a businessman from Derry who formerly appeared on a television series, Dragons' Den.[7]

Gavin Duffy[edit]

Gavin Duffy is a businessman from Kildare and has been a dragon on Dragons' Den since it first broadcast in 2009.[8][9]

Joan Freeman[edit]

Joan Freeman founded Pieta House, a suicide intervention charity, in 2006.[10][11][12] She served as its director until 2014. In 2016, she was nominated by the Taoiseach as a member of Seanad Éireann, sitting as an Independent. She is supported by Rural Independent TDs Michael Collins, Michael Harty and Mattie McGrath.[13]

Seán Gallagher[edit]

Seán Gallagher is a businessman from Cavan who came second in the 2011 presidential election.[14][10] He was a dragon investor in the first three seasons of Dragons' Den.

Michael D. Higgins[edit]

On 10 July 2018, current president Michael D. Higgins declared that he would nominate himself as a candidate for the presidential election.[15][16] Higgins had said in 2011 that he intended to serve one term only, but changed his mind over the course of his term.[17] Higgins's website and social media accounts became active on 17 September, having been dormant since his inauguration in November 2011.[18] He nominated himself on 24 September.[2]

He has the support of Fine Gael,[19][20] Fianna Fáil,[21][22] the Labour Party,[23][24] the Social Democrats,[25][26] the Green Party,[27] and the Workers' Party,[28] as well as Independent ministers Katherine Zappone[29] and John Halligan.[30]

Liadh Ní Riada[edit]

Liadh Ní Riada, MEP for South since 2014, was confirmed as the Sinn Féin candidate on 16 September.[31][32]

Nomination process[edit]

On 28 August the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, signed the order for the presidential election, specifying the nomination period as between 10 a.m. on 30 August and 12 noon on 26 September 2018.[1]

To stand for election as president, candidates must:

  • be a citizen of Ireland
  • be at least 35 years of age
  • be nominated by:
    • at least twenty of the 218 serving members of the Houses of the Oireachtas (parliament), or
    • at least four of the 31 county or city councils, or
    • themselves, in the case of a former or retiring president who has served one term.

If a member of the Oireachtas or a County or City council nominate more than one candidate, only the first nomination paper received from them will be deemed valid.[5]

The president exercised his right to nominate himself for a second term.[2]

Sinn Féin was the only party to select a candidate. With 28 Oireachtas members (22 TDs and six Senators), the party could nominate a candidate without the need for additional nominations from independents to reach the requirement of 20 Oireachtas members, as they had required in 2011. Nearly all other parties in the Oireachtas support the re-election of Michael D. Higgins. People Before Profit declined to support any candidate in the election.[33] Eleven Oireachtas members signed a nomination form for Gemma O'Doherty, nine short of the required number.[34] Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice had tried to gather the support of other Independent TDs and Senators to support a candidate, but was unsuccessful. Nineteen were willing to be involved in his effort to find a candidate, one short of the twenty required to be nominated.[35]

18 local authorities passed resolutions supporting a particular candidate, while the remaining 13 local authorities either passed no resolution or passed a resolution which declined to nominate any candidate. Candidates needed the support of at least four local authorities to be a candidate in the election.

Name Occupation Resolutions Councils
Peter Casey Businessman 4 Clare,[36] Kerry,[37][38] Limerick,[37][39] Tipperary[37][7][40]
Gavin Duffy Businessman 4 Meath, Carlow, Wicklow, Waterford[41]
Joan Freeman Senator 4 Cork City,[36] Fingal,[42] Galway County,[37][10] Galway City[43]
Seán Gallagher Businessman 5 Roscommon,[37][10] Mayo,[37][10] Leitrim,[44] Wexford,[45] Cavan[46]
Gemma O'Doherty Journalist 1 Laois[47][48]
No candidate 13 Dublin City,[49] Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown,[50] Louth,[51] Kilkenny,[50] Monaghan,[50] Offaly,[50] South Dublin,[52] Westmeath[50], Kildare[47], Cork County, Donegal, Longford, Sligo

Others who had sought a nomination from local authorities were: Norma Burke,[49] William Delaney, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Patrick Melly, Marie Goretti Moylan, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Kevin Sharkey, James Smyth[10], David Doucette,[53] and John O'Hare.[54] Sharkey withdrew his name from consideration during the nomination period, calling for the nomination of Gemma O'Doherty.[55]

Senator Gerard Craughwell had said that he would seek the nomination if Higgins were otherwise to be unopposed.[56][57] However, in July he announced that he would not contest the presidential election, in light of Sinn Féin's decision to run a candidate.[58] He also cited the financial costs of running for the presidency as a factor in his decision not to contest the election.[59]

Despite Fianna Fáil support for the incumbent Michael D. Higgins, a few of the party's Councillors urged the leadership to nominate Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív, but he declined to allow his name to proceed as he would risk his party membership.[60]

Debates[edit]

Irish presidential election debates, 2018
Date Broadcaster Moderator Participants
 P  Participant    A  Absent invitee   Casey Duffy Freeman Gallagher Higgins Ní Riada
27 September[61] RTÉ Radio 1 Áine Lawlor P P P A[a] A[a] P
13 October[62] RTÉ Radio 1 Cormac Ó hEadhra P P P P P P
15 October[63] RTÉ One TV Claire Byrne P P P A A P
17 October[63] Virgin Media One Pat Kenny P P P P P P
23 October[63] RTÉ One TV David McCullagh P P P P P P
24 October[63] Virgin Media One Matt Cooper / Ivan Yates P P P P A P
  1. ^ a b Higgins did not participate due to scheduling conflicts, and Gallagher did not participate because Higgins did not take part.

Opinion polling[edit]

Last date
of polling
Polling firm / Commissioner Casey Duffy Freeman Gallagher Higgins Ní Riada
24 August 2018 Ireland Thinks/Irish Daily Mail[64] [a] 10% 3% 11% 65% 11%[b]
16 September 2018 Red C/The Sunday Business Post[65] 1% 6% 3% 15% 67% 7%[b]
10 October 2018 Red C/Paddy Power[66] 1% 4% 6% 14% 70% 5%
17 October 2018 Ipsos MRBI/The Irish Times[67] 2% 4% 5% 12% 66% 11%
  1. ^ Poll conducted before Casey's candidacy was announced.
  2. ^ a b Figure for "Sinn Féin candidate". Poll conducted before Ní Riada's candidacy was announced.


Result[edit]

The count will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday 27 October.

Irish presidential election 2018
Candidate Nominated by % 1st Pref Count 1
Peter Casey County and City Councils
Gavin Duffy County and City Councils
Joan Freeman County and City Councils
Seán Gallagher County and City Councils
Michael D. Higgins Himself as incumbent president
Liadh Ní Riada Oireachtas: Sinn Féin

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