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President of Ireland

President of Ireland

The Irish head of state, however it is a mainly ceremonious role. They are elected every seven years. The current President is Mary McAleese.

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# president-of-ireland - Monday 6 May, 2013

A new Vice President, and other things that happen if the Seanad is scrapped

We have a look at how the constitution may need rewriting if the second House of the Oireachtas is binned.

# president-of-ireland - Thursday 18 April, 2013

From The Daily Edge 21 reasons to cuddle Michael D Higgins Up On His Bikeldee This post contains videos

21 reasons to cuddle Michael D Higgins

Happy birthday, Michael D!

# president-of-ireland - Thursday 7 February, 2013

President signs legislation to liquidate IBRC into law

The President returned from his official visit to Rome yesterday to sign the emergency legislation.

# president-of-ireland - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

President Michael D Higgins travels to Italy for official visit

The President will meet with officials in Rome as well as visiting some historic sites with Irish connections.

# president-of-ireland - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?

The forthcoming legislation on abortion will put the workings of the Oireachtas under a fresh spotlight. Here’s how the lawmaking process works.

# president-of-ireland - Sunday 16 December, 2012

Read Me: President Higgins’ message for Christmas and New Year

The President of Ireland offers his best wishes to the people of Ireland and the Irish family, “wherever they may be”.

# president-of-ireland - Friday 14 December, 2012

Samaritans celebrates 10 years of prisoner listener scheme

Over the past year, Samaritans recorded 1,100 formal contacts within the six prisons in its Listener Scheme, an 83 per cent increase on 2011.

# president-of-ireland - Sunday 19 August, 2012

My favourite speech: Senator and academic Ivana Bacik

Continuing our summer series on TheJournal.ie of public figures’ favourite speeches, Ivana Bacik picks a speech by Ireland’s first female president, Mary Robinson.

# president-of-ireland - Friday 24 February, 2012

From The Daily Edge New BFFs: Martin Sheen meets Michael D Gallery This post contains images

New BFFs: Martin Sheen meets Michael D

“It could have been you.” Remember the @Sheen4Aras campaign?

# president-of-ireland - Thursday 24 November, 2011

Mary Robinson addresses the Seanad on its role in her career Seanad Éireann This post contains videos

Mary Robinson addresses the Seanad on its role in her career

Watch live from the Seanad as former President Mary Robinson speaks about its role in her career as a human rights activist.

# president-of-ireland - Friday 11 November, 2011

In pictures: Presenting… President Michael D Higgins Inauguration This post contains images

In pictures: Presenting… President Michael D Higgins

The ninth President of Ireland in his finest ceremonial hour…

GALLERY: Inauguration of Ireland’s first poet-President… in 1938 Inauguration This post contains images

GALLERY: Inauguration of Ireland’s first poet-President… in 1938

Michael D isn’t the only poet to grace the Áras – Ireland’s very first President Douglas Hyde was a poet and defender of Irish cultural heritage. Here’s how his big day went in June 1938.

# president-of-ireland - Thursday 10 November, 2011

Poll: How would you rate Mary McAleese’s presidency? Aras11 This post contains a poll

Poll: How would you rate Mary McAleese’s presidency?

The current President of Ireland’s 14-year tenure is drawing to a close – how do you think she has managed the role over that time?

# president-of-ireland - Friday 4 November, 2011

In pictures: What are Bertie and Brian doing in the Áras? Bertie N Brian This post contains images

In pictures: What are Bertie and Brian doing in the Áras?

The boys/former taoisigh are back in town for a ‘thank you’ reception by President McAleese for her Council of State.

# president-of-ireland - Sunday 30 October, 2011

Higgins welcomed by 5,000 supporters in Galway

The President-elect has been greeted by thousands of supporters in his native Galway today.

# president-of-ireland - Thursday 20 October, 2011

#Áras11: The Thursday question for Presidential candidates

Each day this week, TheJournal.ie will be hosting Tell Us Why’s question campaign for clarity on the seven candidates’ priorities. Today: How they view the secularisation of Irish society.

# president-of-ireland - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

#Áras11: The Wednesday question for Presidential candidates

Each day this week, TheJournal.ie will be hosting Tell Us Why’s question campaign for clarity on the seven candidates’ priorities. Today: How they would approach a State visit to China.

# president-of-ireland - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

The TG4 Presidential Election debate, as it happened

We went live for minute-by-minute coverage as the seven candidates hit Baile na hAbhann for the Díospóireacht Gaelach.

# president-of-ireland - Monday 17 October, 2011

#Áras11: The Monday question for Presidential candidates

Each day this week, TheJournal.ie will be hosting Tell Us Why’s question campaign for clarity on the seven candidates’ priorities. Today: why they think they deserve to be President.

# president-of-ireland - Sunday 21 August, 2011

Gay Mitchell press officer “surprised” by abortion article

PR man said he had not expected his own words on FG presidential nominee’s abortion stance to appear in print.

# president-of-ireland - Saturday 20 August, 2011

“Flattered” Sheen insists he won’t run for Áras

Speaking in Chicago, Irish citizen Martin Sheen says he’s touched by an online petition asking him to run, but that he won’t.

# president-of-ireland - Wednesday 17 August, 2011

Could Martin Sheen be the next President of Ireland? Aras11

Could Martin Sheen be the next President of Ireland?

The rumours circulating about potential candidates in this year’s race to the Aras reads like a pilot script for a ‘Celebrity President’ television series.

# president-of-ireland - Saturday 11 June, 2011

Column: Cardinal Rules (Part 27) – On the presidential campaign trail

(Not) Cardinal Sean Brady recounts one eventful day on the campaign trail as Bridie Keegan pushes to become president.

# president-of-ireland - Thursday 9 June, 2011

Poll: Who would get your vote for President of Ireland now? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Who would get your vote for President of Ireland now?

It’s still early days, and the field has changed again. So in the second of our polls on the presidency, we’re wondering how you’d vote now.

# president-of-ireland - Wednesday 25 May, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# president-of-ireland - Monday 14 March, 2011

Norris launches campaign for Presidential election nomination

The independent senator kicks off his campaign to get on the ticket for the Presidency, acknowledging his task is tough.

# president-of-ireland - Wednesday 5 January, 2011

Norris goes for President and wants YOU (and your money)

While online campaign appeals for public to ‘Donate Now!’ his bet on himself to win the Aras could yield a cool €1,650

# president-of-ireland - Saturday 4 September, 2010

Eamon Dunphy tears into Norris presidential ambitions

“The last thing we need for our Presidency is to have this clown in office,” says the outspoken pundit.

# president-of-ireland - Monday 30 August, 2010

Miriam rules out run for Presidency in 2011 Your Say This post contains a poll

Miriam rules out run for Presidency in 2011

The broadcaster dismisses the story as the internet is divided over President O’Callaghan. What do you think?

# president-of-ireland - Tuesday 24 August, 2010

FERGUS FINLAY had a mixed day yesterday – while listeners to RTÉ Radio’s Liveline were picking him as their favourite prospective President of Ireland ahead of the October 2011 elections, his car was being broken into.

In the apparent absence of any newsworthy topic worth discussing on yesterday’s programme, Liveline gave users a prospective list of ten presidential candidates and asked users to vote by text to eliminate candidates until there were just two left.

Early eliminated candidates included Bertie Ahern, Mary O’Rourke, and John Bruton. Even David Norris, considered a popular independent choice for Ireland’s highest office, failed to make it past fifth place.

Ultimately, of the final two candidates, Finlay won a head-to-head vote of support against Emily O’Reilly – but evidently didn’t have much reason to celebrate afterward, with his car being broken into while the poll was ongoing.

The ironic break-in was revealed by Liveline host Joe Duffy on his Twitter account earlier this morning.

The Liveline top ten:

  1. Fergus Finlay, CEO, Bernardo’s; columnist and occasional broadcaster
  2. Emily O’Reilly, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner and former jouralist
  3. Feargal Quinn, Senator; businessman and founder of Superquinn supermarkets
  4. Michael D Higgins, former Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht
  5. David Norris, Senator
  6. Adi Roche, Chernobyl charity worker and 1997 Presidential candidate
  7. Brian Crowley, MEP and former co-president of UEN parliamentary group in European Parliament
  8. John Bruton, former Taoiseach and EU ambassador to the United States
  9. Mary O’Rourke, TD and former Minister at Departments of Health, Education and Public Enterprise
  10. Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach