Liadh Ni Riada will contest presidential election as Sinn Féin candidate

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Liadh Ni Riada will contest presidential election as Sinn Féin candidate
Liadh Ni Riada will contest presidential election as Sinn Féin candidate
Liadh Ní Riada of Sinn Féin
Liadh Ní Riada of Sinn Féin
Laura Larkin

Liadh Ni Riada will contest the presidential election as the Sinn Féin candidate.

Ms Ni Riada was selected at a meeting of the party’s Ard Comhairle on Sunday afternoon.

She is the party’s MEP for Ireland South and a former television producer.

She joins four other candidates who will be on the ballot paper on polling day next month.

Sitting president Michael D Higgins can nominate himself and plans to seek a second term in office.

Meanwhile, three other candidates have secured the backing of four local authorities to lodge nomination papers.

Businessman and 2011 runner-up Sean Gallagher, his former Dragon Den co-star Gavin Duffy and Senator and Pieta House founder Joan Freeman have received four local authority nominations apiece.

A Red C poll, reported in the Sunday Business Post today, puts Michael D Higgins at 67pc – with the next most popular candidate, Sean Gallagher, trailing at 15pc.

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Source: Irish