Norma Burke aka Bunty Twuntingdon McFluff at City Hall. “I did this because I got so angry listening to people who want to be candidates but haven’t read the constitutional requirements for the job,” she said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

If you think things are daft now, imagine how completely bonkers the presidential candidate selection process is going to be in seven years’ time. An(...)

Kevin Sharkey, presidential hopeful pitching Kildare County Council members for a nomination last month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The death penalty should be imposed on anybody who harms an old person in their home, according to presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey. Mr Sharkey was(...)

Seán Gallagher during his campaign for the presidency in 2011 .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At least 12 county and city councils are expected to hold votes to nominate Independent candidates for the presidential election this week, with busin(...)

Michael D Higgins  has the single greatest quality that any politician can have: people like him. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

From a situation where it was presumed in many quarters that nobody at all would challenge Michael D Higgins for the presidency, it now seems that a q(...)

Independent Dublin city councillor Mannix Flynn. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Dublin city councillor Mannix Flynn is considering trying to contest the presidential election in response to what he said were “disrespec(...)

Investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty was one of four prospective presidential election candidates to address a special meeting of Westmeath County Council in Mullingar on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

If Gemma O’Doherty is elected president of Ireland she may find that she is “in the wrong house” to achieve her objectives, according to a number of W(...)

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin (top row): Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

The Government is signing the presidential election order on Tuesday, kick-starting a 28-day period in which hopeful candidates can secure a place on (...)

Gavin Duffy is among the presidential hopefuls addressing councillors in Co Meath on Monday. Photograph: Collins/File

Councillors in Meath have heard petitions from would-be candidates for the presidency, including businessman Gavin Duffy, Navan-based musician Jimmy S(...)

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin (top row): Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

As it gathers momentum, so it gathers participants. The process of nominating candidates for the presidential election has been a background hum to th(...)

Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy told Carlow County Council he would “inspire debate and dialogue” if elected. File photograph: Collins

Two presidential candidates have indicated they would seek only one term if elected and pledged to extend Freedom of Information (FoI) to the office.(...)

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