The Erse presidential election of 2018 teuk place on Friday, 26 October, atween 7.00 a.m. an 10.00 p.m.PresidentMichael D. Higgins, wha wis electit in 2011, wis seeking re-election. This wis the first time sin the 1966 election that an incumbent president faced a contest for a seicont term, an the first occasion on whit an incumbent president nominating themselves for re-election haed been opposed, as Éamon de Valera wis nominated bi Fianna Fáil when he socht re-election in 1966. It wis awso the first election wi twa candidates (Higgins an Seán Gallagher) wha contested the previous election. Higgins wis re-elected on the first coont wi nearly 56% o the vote, becoming the first president sin de Valera tae win a seicont term in a contested election; Seán T. O'Kelly (1952), Patrick Hillery (1983) an Mary McAleese (2004) haed been re-elected unopposed. He wis inaugurated for his seicont term on 11 November.