Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has confirmed that he wants to be the party's candidate in the Louth constituency for the next General Election.
Mr Adams made the announcement at a republican commemoration event in Co Louth this afternoon.
During the week Sinn Féin’s sitting TD in the Louth constituency, 56-year-old Arthur Morgan, announced that he would be stepping down at the next election to concentrate on his family business.
Mr Adams is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and an MP at Westminster and is expected to resign both seats to run in Louth.
Securing the party nomination in Louth is expected be a formality.
The constituency’s other TDs are Seamus Kirk and Dermot Ahern of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s Fergus O Dowd.
In the last two elections, Mr Morgan got the fourth and final seat with around 15% of the first preference vote.