President Michael D Higgins has submitted his nomination papers for the upcoming Presidential election.
The papers were submitted at the Custom House in Dublin today by President Higgins' Secretary-General Art O’Leary and his election agent Conor Power.
President Higgins will formally launch his campaign in Dublin city centre on Wednesday, September 26.
Speaking ahead of the campaign, President Higgins said:
“Since entering office as President in 2011, I have been honoured to serve Ireland and its people. I have dedicated myself to each aspect of the role from the constitutional responsibilities and representation of our nation at home and abroad, to those wider conversations and connections which I have, as President, been able to develop and deepen.
“I have sought to honour the many strands of our history, while also articulating a vision of a real Republic where the rights, equality, creativity and the participation of all are valued, encouraged and celebrated.
"The President of Ireland must have experience, judgement, understanding and empathy, as well as a vision for our nation and its communities.
"In the forthcoming campaign, I will outline my vision for Ireland’s future, and my proposals for further encouraging participation, promoting equality, and deepening Ireland’s relationships with our neighbours, near and far, in a challenging international environment.
“I am very much looking forward to an active campaign, which I hope will be driven by ideas and values so that citizens can make an informed choice on October 26," he said.