A Fianna Fáil Senator from Kerry, Mark Daly, has said he will give "serious consideration" to seeking the party's nomination for the presidential election.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week In Politics, Mr Daly said: "I have been humbled by party members who approached me and asked me to consider putting my name forward." 

President Michael D Higgins has yet to indicate if he will seek a second term, and Fianna Fáil has yet to decide if it will field a candidate in the event of a contest.

However Senator Daly, who is the party's spokesperson for Irish Overseas and Diaspora, said: "I was one of those who believed the party should have run a candidate in the last election. I believe the party should run a candidate in this presidential election."

He told RTÉ that Fianna Fáil party members should decide on this issue, adding: "When the party makes its decision, I will give it serious consideration."