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# Michael D Higgins

Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
President Higgins accuses UN of ‘losing credibility’ amid warning over climate change
Higgins also criticised the EU for promoting a “US style” of agriculture addressing the National Ploughing Championships.
This month
September 2023
Michael D Higgins praises Gardaí and emergency staff in commemoration service in Phoenix Park
Higgins will also add that the loss of a garda represents a loss for a whole community.
Last month
August 2023
President Higgins sends condolences to Biden after ‘tragic loss of life’ in Hawaii wildfires
Devastating wildfires ripped through the western part of Maui, killing at least 115 people.
This year
President Higgins will undergo back surgery on Tuesday with 'short rehabilitation'
Higgins will continue to “carry out his constitutional duties, including consideration of legislation” while recovering from the surgery.
Son of President Michael D Higgins criticises consultative forum as 'alarmist'
Higgins spoke from the audience at the Consultative Forum on International Security in Galway today.
Government defends security forum as opposition label it 'rigged' and 'unashamedly one-sided'
Mick Barry said he believes the forum is “rigged” and opposition leaders have been “excluded”.
A forum on Irish foreign policy and neutrality kicks off this week - but what's it all about?
President Higgins’ intervention has turned up the heat in the neutrality debate ahead of a key government event to discuss Ireland’s security future.
President Higgins issues apology over remarks about security forum chair following criticism
A spokesperson said Higgins “intended no offence by such a casual remark”.
Poll: Do you think it's appropriate for the President to comment on matters of policy?
Have your say.
Tánaiste defends forum as President claims Ireland is 'playing with fire' in neutrality 'drift'
In an interview with a Sunday newspaper Higgins spoke about his views on the impending Consultative Forum on international security policy.
Tánaiste criticises Sinn Féin’s attendance at IRA commemoration event in south Armagh
Sinn Féin MP John Finucane is billed as the main speaker for the event in south Armagh, which will involve ‘music and kids entertainment’.
Ireland has a moral duty to those seeking asylum, says President Higgins
‘The parallels with An Gorta Mór and the mass displacement it caused 175 years ago must not be lost on us,’ Higgins said.
Bród, beloved dog of President Michael D. Higgins, dies aged 11
The president’s Bernese mountain dogs have become a well-known fixture of Áras an Úachtaráin.
President feels sense of 'shame' over abuse probe findings but warns issues extend beyond military
Michael D Higgins welcomed the report and paid tribute to those who came forward to raise their concerns and experiences.
President Higgins links struggles of migrants to our patron saint in St Patrick's Day message
The president stated that ‘a poisonous xenophobia, new and recalled, has taken hold in so many places’.
President hails ‘remarkable year’ for Irish film as An Irish Goodbye and Richard Baneham triumph
President Higgins said success at this year’s Oscars is ‘testament to the hard work of so many people over recent decades’.
President says schools should teach ‘sexuality in fullest sense’
Earlier this week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it ‘makes sense’ to teach kids about transgender people.
Last year
President pays tribute to Private Sean Rooney and Creeslough victims in Christmas speech
The president highlighted Ireland’s solidarity with Ukrainian refugees spending their first Christmas away from home.
Cabinet approves international surrogacy policy proposals with aim of giving 100s of families a 'route to recognition'
A busy Cabinet session also saw Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien bring draft laws to overhaul Ireland’s planning system.
Country in shock after 'terrible tragedy' in Donegal, says President
President Michael D Higgins offered his condolences to the community in Creeslough.
Taoiseach, president reflect on 'complexity' of Civil War at cultural centenary event
A cultural event was held in the National Concert Hall today.
President Higgins meets King Charles as politicians come together in Belfast
Taoiseach Micheál Martin and UK Prime Minister Liz Truss were spotted engaging in a lengthy conversation ahead of proceedings.
Sabina Higgins issues statement explaining why Ukraine letter was placed on Áras website
The wife of president Michael D Higgins courted controversy after she wrote a letter in the Irish Times calling for ceasefire negotiations.
Questions remain about Sabina Higgins' letter on conflict in Ukraine, politicians say
A spokesperson for Michael D Higgins said the president has been “unequivocal in his condemnation” of Russia’s invasion.
Michael D Higgins reiterates condemnation of Ukraine war after controversy over Sabina letter
A recent letter written by Sabina Higgins to the Irish Times has been criticised over the past few days.
FF senator calls on Michael D Higgins to express Irish support for Ukraine after Sabina letter
Sabina Higgins, in a letter to the Irish Times, called for both Ukraine and Russia to “agree to a ceasefire and negotiations”.
Tuam mother and baby home site to be excavated after President signs Burials Bill into law
The legislation will also allow for the excavation and reburial of remains at the sites of other former institutions.
Adopted people will finally get access to records after President signs Bill into law
The Bill provides for the release of an adopted person’s birth certificate and early life information.
Poll: Was President Higgins right to speak out about Ireland's housing 'failure'?
President Michael D Higgins’ has described Ireland’s housing crisis as a “disaster”.
'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil
President Michael D Higgins’ has described Ireland’s housing crisis as a “disaster”.
'Our great, great failure': President expresses anger over housing 'disaster'
He was speaking at the opening of a centre for homeless people in Kildare.
British Labour leader Keir Starmer to meet political leaders in Dublin amid NI Protocol row
Starmer will meet Taoiseach Micheál Martin and President Michael D Higgins during the visit.
President Higgins hits out at attempts of billionaires to control online discussion
Billionaire Elon Musk last week began the process of acquiring Twitter for $44 billion.
Supreme Court rules President immune from EU regulations around public disclosure of information
The Right To Know Group brought proceedings after it failed to get certain information following two separate requests to the Office of Secretary General to the President.
Howth's WWII 'Eire 6' neutrality sign unveiled by Michael D Higgins following restoration
The EIRE 6 sign was one of 83 aerial recognition signs built around the Irish coast during the Second World War.
President Higgins is holding a Covid remembrance ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin today
An oak tree will be planted as a lasting memorial to victims of the pandemic.
President Higgins calls for ceasefire in Ukraine during St Patrick's Day message
Higgins said the sacrifices made by frontline workers across society during the pandemic should not be forgotten.
President Higgins and his wife Sabina have tested positive for Covid-19
The President is isolating and will continue to work from home.
'A terrible atrocity': Thousands attend Bloody Sunday memorial to remember victims
Several events are taking place in Derry to commemorate victims on the 50th anniversary of the massacre.
Relatives of those killed and injured on Bloody Sunday attended a remembrance walk to honour those who died
Micheál Martin took part in the remembrance walk and laid a wreath at a ceremony held afterwards
President Higgins will later say the tragic events of 50 years ago today "reverberated across this island and around the world"
Bloody Sunday 50: The long and continuing fight for justice
Bloody Sunday took music out of our house, brother of victim says
'Voice of the West': Tributes as former RTÉ correspondent Jim Fahy dies aged 75
Fellow journalists and those employed by the station paid tribute to their former colleague today on social media.