Seven candidates for the Irish presidency
There were seven candidates for the Irish presidential election when nominations closed at midday yesterday. The election, which will take place on 27 October, will choose the successor to Mary McAleese who has been President for the last 14 years.
The candidates are Labour’s Michael D Higgins; Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell; Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness and Independents, Senator David Norris; former singer turned politician, Dana Rosemary Scallon; Mary Davis and Seán Gallagher. For the first time in its history Fianna Fáil decided not to put forward a candidate.
The first debate with all seven candidates took place yesterday afternoon.