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Poll: Do you think President Higgins' tribute to Fidel Castro was appropriate?

The president has come in for criticism over his statement on the death of the former Cuban leader.

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PRESIDENT HIGGINS HAS come in for some strong criticism over his statement on the death of the former leader of Cuba Fidel Castro.

Higgins spoke of the former leader in glowing terms in his statement, calling him a “giant among global leaders” and commending the social and economic reforms introduced to the country during Castro’s reign.

However, the statement was criticised for not acknowledging the various human rights abuses that were committed during Castro’s reign and for speaking too highly of the former leader.

“I, personally, cannot accept that the President speaks for me when he talks of him as a champion of the oppressed and the excluded,” said Renua leader John Leahy.

So, what’s your opinion? Do you think President Higgins’ tribute to Fidel was appropriate?

Poll Results:

Yes (10374)
No (7557)
Don't know (1850)

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