Tuesday 28 March 2017

We didn't elect President to keep his mouth shut on big issues

A refugee woman with a child sits in a bus after a police operation to evacuate a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, yesterday. Photo: Reuters/Marko Djurica
A refugee woman with a child sits in a bus after a police operation to evacuate a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, yesterday. Photo: Reuters/Marko Djurica
Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

It annoys me when I hear mutterings of discontent about President Higgins wandering into the political space. Whoever suggested or anticipated that Michael D Higgins, veteran left-wing intellectual and politician, was going to retreat into anodyne retirement in the Áras?

Those who voted for him in all our diversity knew exactly what we were getting and more importantly what we wanted in a President.

So rather than being irked at his "incursion" into political matters, I rejoice when he speaks out, as he did this week at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

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