Which would seem to guarantee that the current Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, MP, MLA, will be the party’s candidate in the Irish Presidential election. I have to say that I didn’t believe the rumours, but RTÉ are quoting the Sinn Féin president, and Louth TD, Gerry Adams
“This is a time of great challenge for all the people of Ireland. We need positive but authentic leadership. It will be a great honour for me to propose Martin McGuinness to contest this election on a broad, republican, citizen-centred platform,” said Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this evening.
“I believe that this election will give Martin the platform to continue the work which he has led in the North and in the peace process and to put it on a national footing.”
As for the position of NI deputy First Minister… RTÉ again
It is likely that he will step aside from his position as deputy first minister at Stormont and the party will appoint a deputy.
Whether or not he returns to Stormont will be decided by the election result.
“I’m just stepping outside, I may be some time…”?
But what about his position as Member of [UK] Parliament?
Update It looks like the only restrictions on being a candidate are those on achieving nomination.