She is the fifth official name in the race

Sinn Féin has confirmed that MEP Liadh Ní Riada will stand as its candidate for the presidency.

The party's Ard Chomhairle announced the decision after meeting in Dublin to make its final selection.

Earlier in the week, Deputy Ní Riada said she was humbled to be considered:

“Of course, it is a huge honour and very humbling and privileged to be even held in such high regard by people to be put forward as a possible candidate,” she said.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, she said it would be a huge honour to be nominated.

“I have to wait for the process to be completed and see, in respect to all candidates that are putting themselves forward, we have to see what the outcome is,” she said.

There are already four names officially in the race after President Michael D Higgins confirmed he would stand for re-election and three others received the required number of nominations from local authorities.

Businessman Gavin Duffy secured his fourth nomination on Friday – joining fellow Dragon’s Den panellist Sean Gallagher and Senator Joan Freeman on the ballot.

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