A President for all the people
Published 12/11/2011 | 05:00
Our new President Michael D Higgins would be entitled to feel a trifle miffed that his inauguration was upstaged by the news that Sean Quinn, formerly Ireland's richest man, had been declared bankrupt in Belfast.
However, if he was, our ninth President didn't show it. Instead he delivered perhaps the most memorable inauguration speech delivered by any Irish president yesterday.
Without intruding on the political role of the Government, he managed to lay out a vision of the presidency, which, while recognising our current economic difficulties, held out hope of a better future and appealed to our better nature.