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Michael D Higgins hires new speech writer...she sounds smart

Aziliz Gouez’s CV includes two masters degrees, research experience in Cambridge and a book about wine.

President Michael D. Higgins giving a speech at Trinity College earlier this year.
President Michael D. Higgins giving a speech at Trinity College earlier this year.
Image: Wanderley Massafelli/Photcall Ireland

MICHAEL D HIGGINS has never been a man to mince his words and that trait has continued even since becoming Uachtaráin na hÉireann. But President Higgins now has a new head to bounce ideas off in the form of his new head speech writer, Aziliz Gouez.

Gouez sounds like she is certainly equipped for the high-profile role with two masters degrees to her name, research experience in Cambridge as well as six-years in a  Paris-based think-tank as head of research.

President Higgins won’t be the first diminutive head of state she’s worked for either having previously worked in the the constituency office of current French President François Hollande when he was leader of the French Socialist Party.

She’ll be familiar with the repetitive economic rhetoric that goes with Irish politics these days as her last position involved researching the Irish sovereign debt crisis at Cambridge University.

But Gouez  also sounds like she could give President Higgins some cultured advice about what to offer guests at Áras, having authored a 2007 book on the the history of Europeans with wine.  In an interview with Time Magazine a number of years ago Gouez also offered visitors to Paris advice on places to eat and drink suggesting President Higgins and his wife Sabine have got themselves a bit of a foodie  as well as a highly qualified wordsmith.

Gouez was appointed to the €65,000-a-year position for a three-year period  after an open recruitment process conducted through the Public Appointments Service.

Watch: President Michael D Higgins’ speech to the European Parliament >

Read: President: Racism will rise if Europe does not focus on citizens >

Read: Michael D: ‘The EU will become illegitimate without economic reform’ >

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