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Labour candidate Donal Higgins, centre, of Ballycar, Newmarket On Fergus, a nephew of president Michael D Higgins, with his fellow candidate Paschal Fitzgerald, TD Michael Mc Namara, and other fellow candidates Seamus Ryan and Dermot Hayes as well as his parents Maureen and John Higgins and supporter Pat Scully, after handing in his nomination papers at Clare County Council HQ on Saturday. Photograph by John Kelly.

President’s nephew last-minute entry to Killaloe race


The president’s nephew has joined the local election race in Clare. Donal Higgins, nephew of President Michael D Higgins, submitted his papers to the returning officer at Clare county council on Saturday morning, ahead of the midday deadline.

Born and reared in Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Mr Higgins is looking forward to the challenge of local politics.

Labour candidate Donal Higgins, of Ballycar, Newmarket On Fergus, a nephew of president Michael D Higgins, with his parents Maureen and John Higgins after handing in his nomination papers at Clare County Council HQ on Saturday. Photograph by John Kelly.
Labour candidate Donal Higgins, of Ballycar, Newmarket On Fergus, a nephew of president Michael D Higgins, with his parents Maureen and John Higgins after handing in his nomination papers at Clare County Council HQ on Saturday. Photograph by John Kelly.

Mr Higgins became involved in the Labour Party’ Shannon branch in 2011.

He campaigned in the general election for Deputy Michael McNamara and in the presidential campaign of his uncle.
This is Donal Higgins’ first time standing for election. The 35-year-old grew up on the family farm in Ballycar, where he went to school before attending St Caimin’s Community School.

Mr Higgins worked in Dell for six years before becoming unemployed. He did an internship in Zimmer in Shannon and is now a machinist with the company. Mr Higgins is currently completing a degree in science technology in University of Limerick. He is married to Michelle with two sons, Dylan and Alex.

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