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#Michael D Higgins

# michael-d-higgins - Sunday 17 March, 2019

Pictured: Hundreds of thousands take to streets of Ireland for St Patrick's Day parades

Around 500,000 people attended the parade in Dublin, the country’s largest parade.

# michael-d-higgins - Friday 15 March, 2019

Michael D Higgins: 'As world buildings turn green, let's play our part in a greener world'

He urged Irish citizens to “play their own personal and essential role in saving our planet and our environment”.

# michael-d-higgins - Monday 25 February, 2019

'Damaging to the very fabric of our society': Higgins criticises Ireland's unequal justice system

Higgins was speaking at the opening of Flac’s new Dublin office.

# michael-d-higgins - Monday 11 February, 2019

President Higgins begins three-day official visit to England with trip to 'significant destination' Birmingham

Speaking today, Higgins recalled those who emigrated from Ireland to Birmingham.

# michael-d-higgins - Monday 21 January, 2019

President Higgins warns of the return of 'an ugly, xenophobic corruption of nationalism'

Michael D Higgins was commemorating the centenary of the establishment of Dáil Éireann.

# michael-d-higgins - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

President signs bill that allows public servants work until they're 70

The State pension age is scheduled to increase to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028.

# michael-d-higgins - Thursday 20 December, 2018

Abortion services made legal in Ireland as Michael D Higgins signs Bill into law

Hospitals will provide the services in 2019.

# michael-d-higgins - Thursday 13 December, 2018

How much is being spent by Áras an Uachtaráin? Michael D's spending has been revealed

This is the first time such a review has been published since the Irish Presidency was established in 1938.

# michael-d-higgins - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate'

The committee got into hot water before the presidential election when it decided to review the spending of the Office of the President of Ireland.

# michael-d-higgins - Thursday 29 November, 2018

Edna O'Brien and nun working on Gaza Strip among diaspora receiving awards today

Ten people, chosen from 148 nominations, are set to be honoured by President Higgins today.

# michael-d-higgins - Sunday 18 November, 2018

Michael D Higgins and Shane Ross fly out with congrats for Ireland's win over All Blacks

Ireland beat New Zealand in a thrilling encounter at the Aviva Stadium.

# michael-d-higgins - Monday 12 November, 2018

An emotional evening for the President (punctuated by a nighttime dash to the Áras and back)

Dublin Castle provided a dramatic backdrop to the nighttime inauguration ceremony.

# michael-d-higgins - Sunday 11 November, 2018

Michael D Higgins has been sworn in for a second term as President of Ireland

He promised to be President for all – and noted he had a huge mandate to deliver his vision over the next seven years.

Michael D Higgins to attend Armistice event (but not as President) before evening inauguration

His first term as President officially ended at midnight.

Irish leaders mark Armistice Day at events in Ireland, Britain and France

President-elect Michael D Higgins delayed his inauguration to take part in an event

# michael-d-higgins - Saturday 3 November, 2018

PAC likely to examine Áras finances every year to avoid 'hullabaloo in next campaign'

There was controversy during the campaign about the €317,000 annual allowance paid to the Office of the President.

# michael-d-higgins - Friday 2 November, 2018

Higgins asks for inauguration to be moved to evening in light of Armistice events

The ceremony is due to take place on Sunday 11 November.

# michael-d-higgins - Sunday 28 October, 2018

Even the President's pets got dragged into the campaign - but an expert reckons they're an ideal dog for the Áras

Peter Casey went on the attack over Michael D Higgins’ Bernese Mountain Dogs.

# michael-d-higgins - Saturday 27 October, 2018

Michael D Higgins' speech outlines his plans for the next seven years

President Michael D Higgins says he would focus on equality, togetherness and strong sustainable communities during his next term.

What is the long-term impact of Peter Casey's result on Irish politics, if there is one?

Ireland may be resistant to the temptations of populism but we are not immune, writes Larry Donnelly.

This has been the lowest turnout in Irish presidential election history

Just 43.87% of the electorate voted in the presidential election.

Michael D versus the rest: How did your constituency vote?

The votes are in and Michael D Higgins will have another seven years in the Áras.

Michael D Higgins has been re-elected as President of Ireland with 55.8% of the vote

Ireland has overwhelmingly backed Higgins to serve another seven years as president.

Taoiseach: 'There was an element of anti-Traveller sentiment in the vote'

Varadkar said Michael D Higgins had received a resounding endorsement from the Irish people.

'I wish him success in the years ahead': Seán Gallagher congratulates Higgins on predicted re-election

Gallagher comments come after exit polls predicted he received just 7% of votes.

Poll: Are you happy with the results of the exit polls? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you happy with the results of the exit polls?

Michael D Higgins is on course to be re-elected president.

It's all over bar the kissing - but how are the votes counted and when will it be official?

Here’s your step-by step guide to count day.

# michael-d-higgins - Friday 26 October, 2018

Exit polls predict huge re-election for Higgins with Casey jumping to second

The exit poll backs up numerous pre-ballot polls which predicted a huge win for Higgins.

As it happened: Áras candidates and politicians cast their votes this morning

We also got our fair share of #dogsatpollingstations content.

# michael-d-higgins - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

As it happened: Áras race enters endgame as all six candidates take part in RTÉ Prime Time debate

David McCullagh was on hosting duties in Montrose.

Player ratings: How did the presidential candidates fare in the Prime Time debate?

All six presidential candidates took part in a debate for the last time. How did they do?

The Candidate: Listen back to all six interviews with the Áras hopefuls here

Haven’t decided who you’re going to vote for? Look no further.

Taoiseach defends Michael D Higgins' use of government jet to fly to Belfast

Leo Varadkar said the pilots are “paid anyway” and the added costs of flying someone in the plane are “very small”.

# michael-d-higgins - Monday 22 October, 2018

Michael D Higgins: 'I'm not a millionaire. I don't see the merit in this kind of discourse'

One of Higgins’ rivals has claimed that those without personal wealth or the backing of political parties will soon be unable to become president.

# michael-d-higgins - Sunday 21 October, 2018

All along the Frontline - The controversial and acrimonious race for the Áras in 2011

Gallagher’s monumental lead was undone, but by then the campaign had already become a bizarre one.

'A stain on our society': What the presidential candidates think about Direct Provision

Some are in favour of a blanket amnesty for people living in the system for more than five years.

Michael D Higgins enjoys commanding lead in latest presidential opinion polls

Although Higgins has a huge lead, the polls may not reflect the recent furore surrounding Peter Casey.

# michael-d-higgins - Saturday 20 October, 2018

PSNI 'reject' claim from Michael D Higgins about security escort to Belfast

“It is clear now that Michael D Higgins claim has caused considerable anger within the PSNI… This is very serious.”

# michael-d-higgins - Thursday 18 October, 2018

Casey doubles down on anti-Traveller rhetoric in an otherwise unsurprising TV debate

We can expect Casey’s controversial stance to dominate coverage of the campaign again today.

# michael-d-higgins - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

As it happened: Casey attacked over Traveller comments in first six-way TV debate

Pat Kenny moderated the six-way debate on Virgin Media One.

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