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Irish Presidential election announced for October 26

President Michael D Higgins will stand again. Picture by Jane Barlow, Press Association
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The Republic will go to the polls to elect a president in October, the Irish government has announced.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy told RTÉ radio this morning that a formal order for the presidential election will be signed today.

Nominations will have to be submitted by September .

The election will take place on October 26.

President Michael D Higgins has said he will stand again. Sinn Féin have also announced they intend to put forward a candidate.

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