Ma­jor par­ties rule out mak­ing bid for pres­i­dency

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By John Lee PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

PRES­I­DENT Michael D Hig­gins looks set to have a stress-free run to a second term at Áras an Uachtaráin with the ma­jor par­ties con­firm­ing to the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day that they won’t field can­di­dates.

Se­nior fig­ures in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael told the MoS that new data and the im­pend­ing con­clu­sion of the Con­fi­dence and Sup­ply agree­ment in Oc­to­ber have con­vinced party man­agers to end ex­pen­sive plans to con­test an elec­tion. In­ter­nal polling data has shown FF that Mr Hig­gins is ‘un­beat­able’, ac­cord­ing to one TD, while Sinn Féin TDs said the party doesn’t have an ob­vi­ous can­di­date. Mr Hig­gins’s spokesman con­firmed he’ll re­veal his in­ten­tions ‘dur­ing the sum­mer’ but it is be­lieved he’s been telling peo­ple pri­vately that this is the case.

Sen­a­tors Pádraig Ó Céidigh and Ger­ard Craugh­well and artist Kevin Sharkey have all de­clared their in­ten­tion to run.

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