A total of six candidates will contest the Presidential Election on Friday, October 25th.
Michael D. Higgins; Peter Casey; Gavin Duffy; Seán Gallagher; Joan Freeman and Liadh Ní Riada have received sufficient support to enter the race.
Successful candidates must receive support from four local authorities or the backing of twenty members of the Oireachtas.
Michael D Higgins
Michael D. Higgins, a poet; broadcaster; sociologist and politician was elected on October 29th, 2011 and is now seeking a second term.
He worked as a factory and clerk before he studying at University College Galway; the University of Manchester and Indiana University.
He was a lecturer in political science and sociology and was a member of Daíl Éireann for 25 years and a member of Seanad Éireann for 9 years.
Business-man Seán Gallagher finished second to Michael D. Higgins in 2011. The Monaghan native attended Teagasc Agricultural College and worked for various Irish state bodies and departments.
He was appointed as a full-political advisor to Rory O'Hanlon - Fianna Fáil TD and is best-known for his role as an investor on RTÉ's Dragon Den series from 2009-2011.
Peter Casey, a Derry native is the second of three businessmen that will contest the presidential election.
He graduated with a degree in business and politics is the founder and former Executive Chairman of Claddagh Resources.
He also appeared on Dragon's Den as an investor and has lived and conducted business in Ireland; Australia and the US throughout his career, but now resides in Donegal with his family.
The third businessman to throw his hat in the ring is Gavin Duffy, who established his first enterprise - a local radio station - at the age of 18 and later worked in RTÉ.
His career has varied from broadcasting to offering training; development; coaching and mentoring services to various groups and businesses along with his wife Orlaith.
The Kildare native joined RTÉ's Dragon Den in 2009 and invested in a range of innovative businesses for all eight series.
Founder of Pieta House - the suicide and self-harm charity - and Darkness into Light, Joan Freeman, a Dublin native, will also run for the highest office in the State.
The qualified psychologist was appointed to Seanad Éireann in 2016 and was involved in the formation of the first-ever Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care; she now sits as chairperson.
Liadh Ní Riada
Liadh Ní Riada, the Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South will also enter the race for the Áras.
Liadh, who grew up in West Cork spent in excess of two decades working in media with RTÉ and TG4 and was elected to the European Parliament in 2014.
She is a daughter of musician and composer, Seán O' Riada and lives in Baile Mhúirne with her husband and three daughters.
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