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# President Higgins

Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
# Famine
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.
Last month
April 2023
'A very much loved dog': President Higgins pays tribute following death of his dog Bród
The 11-year-old had been part of a much-loved double act with two-year-old Misneach.
Last year
# Michael D Higgins
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.
# wearing the green
President Higgins invites Lula to Ireland and hails his 'significant' election win in Brazil
President Higgins visited Brazil in 2012 and says he hopes a return State visit can be organised.
# Donegal
UK Labour leader offers condolences to Creeslough families on second day of funerals
Starmer said that Donegal is a special place for his family
# Coronavirus
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.
All time
# words from the áras
President Higgins calls for global solidarity to 'exit the fog' of Covid-19 in St Patrick's Day message
The president said: “We have been reminded of our shared vulnerability, our interdependence, the need for an understanding that can fly past borders.”
# Across the water
Queen Elizabeth and President Higgins share St. Patrick's Day wishes and mark visit anniversary
The queen’s 2011 visit to the Republic of Ireland was the first by a British monarch.
# Sé Mo Laoch
President Higgins has a new puppy named in a nod to our times
Misneach, meaning courage, is five months old.
# Health Act
President signs Bill allowing graduated fines for breaches in Covid-19 restrictions
The amendment expands the penalties that can be applied to offences when Covid-19 restrictions are broken.
# Climate Change
President says we can't 'continue with the mere placing of a green lens on economic policies' to save the planet
President Michael D Higgins gave a speech to the Engineers Ireland Conference this morning.
# Inner city
President Higgins leads tributes to Dublin community activist Fergus McCabe who has died aged 71
President Higgins said he was part of the “beating heart” of community campaigning.
# Coronavirus
President Higgins says need for 'solidarity, compassion and kindness' in Ireland's response to Covid-19
The President has recorded a Covid-19 related message to the Irish at home and abroad.
# History
President Higgins says Ireland and Africa have each experienced racism and 'a suppressed culture'
The President’s comments come at a time when there is is a global focus on the history of colonialism.
# Late Late Show
We need to look at how essential workers are remunerated, says President Higgins
In relation to older people, he said there were mistakes made in the language around cocooning.
# Centenarian Bounty
Áras spending increases as more and more people turn 100 and receive €2,540 payment
A total of 481 Irish people received the Centenarian Bounty last year.
# Royal Visit
William and Kate arrive in Ireland and meet with President Higgins ahead of three day visit
Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Galway are all on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s itinerary this week.
# strong words
President Higgins calls Trump's decision to pull out of climate change deal 'regressive and pernicious'
Higgins made the comments at a speech in the RDS today.
# Retirement
President Higgins thanks Ruby Walsh for 'outstanding contributions' to Ireland's reputation
The president wrote to Walsh to wish him a successful retirement.
# In full
President Higgins' inauguration speech: 'We cannot afford to be complacent as to how we are living our lives'
Michael D Higgins touched on an extensive array of themes including tackling poverty and confronting hate.
# aras 18
Michael D Higgins will return €200k balance in Áras account at end of term
Higgins has pointed out that his predecessor Mary McAleese returned the balance when she finished her two terms.
# off the rack
What happens next in the presidential election race?
We’re a touch clearer now but we still don’t know who’s going to be on the ballot.
# me too
President Higgins: 'We are a very long way from adequately addressing issues of hierarchy'
President Michael D Higgins spoke to Ryan Tubridy ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow.
# stay safe
President Higgins asks public not to take 'exceptional risks' and risk emergency services
The President said that he has had to cancel a number of events.
# Christmas Message
Michael D Higgins Christmas message: 'The burden of homelessness will overshadow the festive season'
In his annual address, Higgins said that Christmas was a time to reflect on the year gone by and to think of the story “that lies at the heart of this festive season”.
# To be confirmed
President Higgins is not 'ruling anything out' when it comes to running for a second term
Higgins officially opened the National Ploughing Championships this afternoon.
# growing crisis
President Higgins says homeless people are deprived of freedom and a sense of belonging
Michael D Higgins has shared his thoughts on the impact of homelessness.
# D-Tour to Vatican
President Higgins will meet Pope Francis in Rome on Monday
President Higgins will also visit the Biennale, the world’s oldest international art exhibition.
President Higgins speaks out for women 'living in fear in their homes' of brutality and violence
He also expressed his grief at the tragedies of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home bodies and the deaths in Clondalkin fire today.
# giant acorn
The People's Acorn: Giant artwork planned for grounds of Áras to commemorate 1916
The bronze cast artwork will be placed in woodland surrounding the President’s residence.
# Diplomatic Relations
Santa Claus paid a visit to President Higgins at the Áras
President Higgins and his wife Sabina welcomed hundreds of families to the Áras on Saturday for the official switching on of the Christmas lights.
# Collecting the bills
Even President Higgins has to trek to the ATM for cash every now and then
The president stopped off at an ATM in Cork to get some cash on a recent visit.
# Michael D Higgins
Even Michael D Higgins has to trek to the ATM for cash
# Water Charges
Water protestor who called President Higgins a 'midget parasite' is spared jail
Father-of-three Derek Byrne (36), from Streamville Rd, Kilbarrack, Dublin, was fined €300 by Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court today.
# Centenary
President Higgins joins British royals to mark Battle of the Somme centenary
Today marks 100 years since the start of the four-and-a-half month battle which left over one million dead or injured.
# talks about talks
Prospect of 'two hour oration' from President may have focused minds
A veteran FF negotiator says Michael D would have chased Enda back to the Dáil to knock heads together.
# In Memory
President Higgins will plant a tree in honour of Berkeley victims during US trip
Michael D is en route to the west coast of America.
# Result
It's (finally) official: Marriage Equality is now enshrined in Irish law
President Higgins signed the Marriage Equality Bill into law this evening.
Veteran RTE broadcaster Liam Ó Murchú has died
He was 86.
Opinion: I've just signed up to Irish Water. I don't think that makes me a traitor.
Reluctantly and unhappily, I’ve decided I can no more pick the taxes I pay than the laws I obey.