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Monday 20 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# President of Ireland

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# centenary row
President Higgins says title of service marking partition and founding of NI 'isn't a neutral statement'
Michael D Higgins said the centenary event in Armagh is being ‘politicised’.
The President has declined an invitation to the service in Armagh which is being organised by the main Christian churches
President Higgins has described some of the criticism from the DUP as 'a bit much'
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that it is time to 'move on' from the issue
Former taoiseach John Bruton is among those to criticise the President for his decision
Poll: Was President Higgins right to decline the invitation to Northern Ireland event?
DUP asks President Higgins to 'think again' as he declines invite to service marking 100 years of partition
# centenary row
Why the President is facing criticism for declining an invitation to a Northern Ireland centenary event
The event is set to take place on Thursday 21st October.
# Legislation
President Higgins signs Mother and Baby Homes Bill into law
The President pointed out that his decision to sign the legislation “leaves it open to any citizens to challenge the provisions of the bill”.
# aras 18
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.
# park it
'An insult to the office of President': Dublin councillors not at all happy with standard of today's presentations
The council voted not to back any of the hopefuls who addressed them today.
# Aras18
Peacekeeping and disabilites on the agenda as Sean Gallagher to formally begin presidential campaign
The businessman announced last week that he would contest the presidential race again following weeks of speculation.
# third dragon
Dragon's Den businessman Peter Casey to seek presidential nomination
The presidential ballot paper is filling up quickly…
# Aras18
Seán Gallagher to make his presidential intentions known tomorrow
The businessman ran for office of president in 2011.
'I find them terrifying': Mary McAleese wary of gay priests and nuns who preach anti-LGBTI message
The former President expressed her concerns at ‘fake hetero homophobes’ within the Church.
# joan freeman
Founder of Pieta House writes to councils seeking support for presidential run
Joan Freeman said it is her lifelong ambition to “deliver a better quality of life”.
# Hat in the Ring
'I'm a political animal': Former Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke considering a presidential run
Burke said he had been approached by locals in his area and younger members of his own team about possibly mounting an election bid.
# the aras
'Nobody has approached me': Frances Black says she has no intention of running for president
Sinn Féin is due to hold meetings with a number of independents about the presidential election.
# not ruling it out
'God knows what will happen': Bertie's cryptic answer on if he'll run for president
Rejoining Fianna Fáil would be the first hurdle an Ahern candidacy would have to overcome.
# Regrets
Mary Robinson says she was "bullied" into stepping down as President early
Robinson said it was her “hardest decision” not to go for a second term as President.
# the prez
12 very Irish observations about President Michael D Higgins
He’s been our President for five years today.
# the big house
Enda Kenny says he doesn't want to be President of Ireland
Pressure over the leadership has been mounting on Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
# Vote
There's a second referendum happening on 22 May. Did you know?
It could mean Niall Horan could be President of Ireland.
# stand proudly to attention
9 reasons why Miriam O'Callaghan would be the perfect President
Could it happen?
# No thanks
Justice Catherine McGuinness was approached to run for president...but she wasn't interested
The former Supreme Court judge said she doesn’t regret her decision to turn it down.
# Seanad
A new Vice President, and other things that happen if the Seanad is scrapped
We have a look at how the constitution may need rewriting if the second House of the Oireachtas is binned.
# up on his bikeldee
21 reasons to cuddle Michael D Higgins
Happy birthday, Michael D!
# Promissory notes
President signs legislation to liquidate IBRC into law
The President returned from his official visit to Rome yesterday to sign the emergency legislation.
# Rome
President Michael D Higgins travels to Italy for official visit
The President will meet with officials in Rome as well as visiting some historic sites with Irish connections.
# CSPE 101
Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?
The forthcoming legislation on abortion will put the workings of the Oireachtas under a fresh spotlight. Here’s how the lawmaking process works.
Read Me: President Higgins' message for Christmas and New Year
The President of Ireland offers his best wishes to the people of Ireland and the Irish family, “wherever they may be”.
# Samaritans
Samaritans celebrates 10 years of prisoner listener scheme
Over the past year, Samaritans recorded 1,100 formal contacts within the six prisons in its Listener Scheme, an 83 per cent increase on 2011.
# Famous words
My favourite speech: Senator and academic Ivana Bacik
Continuing our summer series on of public figures’ favourite speeches, Ivana Bacik picks a speech by Ireland’s first female president, Mary Robinson.
# Gallery
New BFFs: Martin Sheen meets Michael D
“It could have been you.” Remember the @Sheen4Aras campaign?
# Seanad Éireann
Mary Robinson addresses the Seanad on its role in her career
Watch live from the Seanad as former President Mary Robinson speaks about its role in her career as a human rights activist.
# Inauguration
In pictures: Presenting… President Michael D Higgins
The ninth President of Ireland in his finest ceremonial hour…
# Inauguration
GALLERY: Inauguration of Ireland's first poet-President... in 1938
Michael D isn’t the only poet to grace the Áras – Ireland’s very first President Douglas Hyde was a poet and defender of Irish cultural heritage. Here’s how his big day went in June 1938.
# Aras11
Poll: How would you rate Mary McAleese's presidency?
The current President of Ireland’s 14-year tenure is drawing to a close – how do you think she has managed the role over that time?
# bertie n brian
In pictures: What are Bertie and Brian doing in the Áras?
The boys/former taoisigh are back in town for a ‘thank you’ reception by President McAleese for her Council of State.
# Aras11
Higgins welcomed by 5,000 supporters in Galway
The President-elect has been greeted by thousands of supporters in his native Galway today.
# Race for the Áras
#Áras11: The Thursday question for Presidential candidates
Each day this week, will be hosting Tell Us Why’s question campaign for clarity on the seven candidates’ priorities. Today: How they view the secularisation of Irish society.
# Race for the Áras
#Áras11: The Wednesday question for Presidential candidates
Each day this week, will be hosting Tell Us Why’s question campaign for clarity on the seven candidates’ priorities. Today: How they would approach a State visit to China.
The TG4 Presidential Election debate, as it happened
We went live for minute-by-minute coverage as the seven candidates hit Baile na hAbhann for the Díospóireacht Gaelach.
# Race for the Áras
#Áras11: The Monday question for Presidential candidates
Each day this week, will be hosting Tell Us Why’s question campaign for clarity on the seven candidates’ priorities. Today: why they think they deserve to be President.
# Race for the Áras
Gay Mitchell press officer "surprised" by abortion article
PR man said he had not expected his own words on FG presidential nominee’s abortion stance to appear in print.
# Race for the Áras
"Flattered" Sheen insists he won't run for Áras
Speaking in Chicago, Irish citizen Martin Sheen says he’s touched by an online petition asking him to run, but that he won’t.