A date has been set for this year’s presidential election, with a referendum on Ireland’s blasphemy laws also set to take place.
The presidency election is due to take place on October 26, with the date confirmed by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, who signed the Presidential Election Order on Tuesday.
Nominations for the presidency must be submitted by September 26, one month prior to the election itself. The presidential inauguration will take place on November 11.
With President Higgins intending to seek re-election, a wide body of would-be presidents has emerged in recent weeks.
The Government also intends to hold two referendums on the day of the presidential election. Voters will be asked if they want to remove the words in the Constitution that make blasphemy an offence, and a second referendum proposes the deletion of the Constitutional reference to women in the home.
However, legislation to pave the way for this referendum must still be examined by the Oireachtas Justice Committee.