Fine Gael to delay decision on presidential candidate until after President Higgins announcement

Fine Gael to delay decision on presidential candidate until after President Higgins announcement

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says Fine Gael will wait until President Michael D Higgins announces his intentions before deciding whether to field a presidential election candidate.

Mr Varadkar's comments come after Junior Minister Finian McGrath said there is a "cosy consensus" not to contest the election if the President wants a second term.

Fianna Fáil has already confirmed they will not field a candidate if President Higgins runs again.

The Taoiseach has said they are waiting to decide.

He said: "It's really up to candidates to come forward and seek nominations if they wish to.

"As far as Fine Gael is concerned, and speaking as leader of Fine Gael, we'll make a decision when President Higgins makes his announcement as to whether he's nominating himself for a second term as an independent.

"That's obviously a decision he'll make in the coming weeks and we think the respectful thing to do is to wait for him to do that first before making a decision ourselves."

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