Wednesday 26 July 2017

Michael D uses his office as a left-wing bully pulpit - and the media lets him

President Michael D Higgins wishes Ireland had adopted socialism when we become independent – but if we had adopted his version of socialism, it would have led us to a greater economic disaster than even the recent crash. He is pictured with Chief Justice, Susan Denham, at the opening of the new Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
President Michael D Higgins wishes Ireland had adopted socialism when we become independent – but if we had adopted his version of socialism, it would have led us to a greater economic disaster than even the recent crash. He is pictured with Chief Justice, Susan Denham, at the opening of the new Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre. Photo: Damien Eagers
David Quinn

David Quinn

In a speech delivered at an event in the Mansion House on Monday night called 'Remembering 1916', President Michael D Higgins warned his audience of the risk that a "commemoration might be exploited for partisan purposes". Having rightly delivered that warning, he then plunged on and became deeply partisan in his own 'remembering' of 1916.

This has been his wont since assuming the office of President in 2011.

His intention in his speech, he declared, was an "appraisal of Irish nationalism from the point of view of the egalitarian tradition which manifested itself before and during the Easter Rising, but which was progressively and, I should argue, consciously, repressed over the subsequent decades".

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