Thursday 19 September 2019

Higgins's inauguration in Armistice Day delay

Request: President Michael D Higgins asked for a delay of a few hours. Picture: Damien Eagers
Request: President Michael D Higgins asked for a delay of a few hours. Picture: Damien Eagers
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

A request by President Michael D Higgins to move the time of his inauguration so it would not clash with Armistice Day events has been granted by the Taoiseach.

The ceremony was originally scheduled for the morning of November 11, but will now be held that evening.

Mr Higgins wrote to Leo Varadkar seeking the change in the timing due as it coincided with the centenary of the Armistice that signalled the end of World War I. A spokesperson said Mr Higgins was "conscious of the desire of many Irish people to participate in morning commemoration ceremonies" as well as invitations to members of government to represent the State at ceremonies abroad.

A statement said a change in the time would allow people to mark the Armistice and remember the Irish men and women who were killed or wounded in the war. A spokesperson for the Taoiseach confirmed the request was granted.

Mr Higgins's term in office expires at midnight on November 10. The Constitution says the inauguration must take place "on the day following the expiration of the term of office" or "as soon as may be thereafter".

Irish Independent

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