Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has confirmed that his party will not be fielding a candidate to challenge President Michael D. Higgins and will be supporting his candidacy, should the President decide to seek a second term in office.

Speaking following a meeting with his Parliamentary Party at Leinster House this evening, Deputy Martin commented, “President Higgins has served the country with great distinction over the course of his first term both at home and around the world. He enjoys widespread support across the country and has demonstrated his understanding and connection with communities across a broad range of issues in recent years.

“His national leadership during our celebration of the centenary of the Easter Rising set the absolutely correct tone, and as we approach a series of centenaries of potentially more divisive events in our shared history, his experience and leadership will serve the country well.

“For these reasons, I spoke with the Fianna Fáil Frontbench and Parliamentary Party today and confirmed our view that Fianna Fáil will not field a candidate to challenge President Higgins and will be supporting his candidacy, in the event of him seeking a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin.”