The Irish President
is elected directly by the people of Ireland for a period of seven years. They may not serve more than two terms. A presidential election must take place within the 60 days before the expiration of the term of office of the outgoing president. If a vacancy occurs before the completion of a normal term of office, the election takes place within 60 days after the occurrence of the vacancy. Voting is by secret ballot on the single transferable vote system.
The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage makes an order appointing the last day for receiving nominations, the polling day and the period for voting, which must last at least 12 hours between 7am and 10.30pm.