It's believed he'll announce his intentions in July

President Michael D Higgins is to seek a second term in office, according to sources in Leinster House.

The Irish Times reports that he'll declare his intentions in July, to prepare for an autumn campaign.

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Mr Higgins previously said he would indicate by September whether he intends to run again, with a presidential election due to take place by November.

Other candidates tipped to run for President are Bertie Ahern, Gerry Adams and Miriam O'Callaghan.