The Irish presidential election of 2018 will take place on Friday, 26 October, between 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. President Michael D. Higgins, who was elected in 2011, is seeking re-election. This will be the first time since the 1966 election that an incumbent president will face a contest for a second term, and the first occasion on which an incumbent president nominating themselves for re-election has been opposed, as Éamon de Valera was nominated by Fianna Fáil when he sought re-election in 1966. It is also the first election with two candidates who contested the previous election. The inauguration for the next presidential term will take place on 11 November.
Also on 26 October 2018, you will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution of Ireland in relation to the issue of blasphemy. You will also have the opportunity to vote in a presidential election on the same day.