Michael D. Higgins has confirmed he's running for a second term as President.
In a statement this morning he said he will be offering himself as an independent candidate and the government has been informed of his decision.
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.
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