I'm just seeing this on the grapevine. No link yet.
“President Michael D. Higgins wishes to confirm that he will be offering himself as an independent candidate, under Article 12.4.4 of Bunreacht Na hÉireann, when the Ministerial Order for a Presidential Election is made later in the year.
“The Government has been informed of this decision.
“The President’s programme of official duties and engagements continues.”