In the 1952 Irish presidential election the outgoing president Seán T. O'Kelly was re-elected without a contest.
Under Article 12 of the Constitution of Ireland, candidates could be nominated by:
All Irish citizens on the Dáil electoral register were eligible to vote.
On 25 April 1938, Minister for Local Government made an order under section 6 of the Presidential Elections Act 1937 opening nominations, with noon on 16 May as the deadline for nominations, and 10 June set as the date for a poll (if any).
President Seán T. O'Kelly nominated himself as a candidate, and when no other candidate was nominated, he was declared elected on 16 May. This was the first occasion on which a president nominated themselves for a second term.
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O'Kelly was inaugurated for his second term as President of Ireland on 25 June 1952.