Katherine Zappone backs President Higgins for a second term

Minister for Children is the sixth Cabinet Minister to support the President

Katherine Zappone: supports Mr Higgins, who will announce his future next week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Katherine Zappone: supports Mr Higgins, who will announce his future next week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

 

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has confirmed her support for President Michael D Higgins to serve a second term.

Ms Zapone becomes the sixth Cabinet Minister to back Mr Higgins ahead of an announcement on his future next week.

In a statement, she said: “ It has been an honour to be in a position where I have witnessed the President’s work. I have seen him open up his home to young people, provide a warm welcome to new Ambassadors and advance Ireland’s case for a seat on the Security Council at the United Nations.

“We should all be proud to call Michael D Higgins our President and I will be supporting him for a second term so he can continue serving all Irish people.”

Ms Zappone joins Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister with Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe in backing the President.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is also said to be supporting Mr Higgins.

The President is due to announce his intentions next week but it is widely speculated he will seek a second term.

As reported by The Irish Times in recent weeks, he has notified figures in Government and Leinster House of his intention to do so.