Michael D Higgins is an Irish politician and the ninth president of Ireland.
Are we all done, now? Anyone else care to vent about the President’s missus and the invasion of Ukraine? I suspect some of our Ukrainian guests are a little puzzled about what happened last week when Irish politicians got terribly angry about the strategic consequences of a letter written by the President’s wife.
Michael D Higgins is our most popular political figure by far. So much so that even if he is critical of government policy – as he was recently on the failure of the housing plan – some members of the Cabinet regard him as beyond reproach. He is not of course. Nobody is.
Michael D Higgins is our most popular political figure by far. So much so that even if he is critical of Government policy – as he was recently on the failure of the housing plan – some members of the Cabinet regard him as beyond reproach. (He isn’t of course. Nobody is.)
Unadorned by the Union Flag but instead wreathed in the white flowers of peace, the coffin holding David Trimble’s earthly remains has been buried after a service in which his family, friends and foes united in respect.
Sabina Higgins’s right to views as a private citizen became a serious public issue the moment they appeared on the Áras an Uachtaráin official website.
A controversial letter about the Ukraine conflict written by the President's wife has been described as a "slap in the face" for the thousands of Ukrainian refugees who have settled in Ireland.
There’s always drama in Ballybrit, but yesterday was like the Oscars come to Galway town as four horses fell and a 16/1 pick – bought for just €800 – romped home to claim the Galway Plate on day three of the festival.
Widespread tributes have been paid to Dr Vicky Conway, whose death at the age of 42 was announced last Wednesday by the school of law and government at Dublin City University (DCU) where she was an associate professor. In the course of an active career, she took a close interest in police accountability and was a member of the Policing Authority as well as the Commission on the Future of Policing.
Former RTÉ political correspondent Liam Cahill, who died suddenly at his home in Drumree, Co Meath, last Monday at the age of 72 years, played a significant role in Irish society over the years as a journalist, historian, civil servant and professional public relations consultant.
The 1980s are back in vogue at the moment: Top Gun, Kate Bush, inflation, interest rates and petrol prices are all making a comeback. So too is Michael D Higgins deciding he wants to be a maverick politician.
In this era of populism there is always one easy answer to all our problems, and the latest easy answer became clear midweek as we listened to Sam. Sam was the young Dubliner who got pulled up on stage to play with popular beat combo The Killers in Malahide on Tuesday night. As Sam did the rounds of radio interviews, one thing became clear. He was the only truly happy person in Ireland. He was the antidote to the cost of living, the protocol, the return of Covid. The rest of us, in our negativity, were tempted to say: “Enjoy it while you can kid. It’s all downhill from here.” But still, you couldn’t take it away from Sam. He was purely, simply, joyfully happy.
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