Saturday 24 February 2018

Why are President's spiritual views an inappropriate matter for discussion?

Irish Independent cartoon
Irish Independent cartoon
John Downing

John Downing

"In the presence of Almighty God I do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that I will maintain the Constitution of Ireland and uphold its laws, that I will fulfil my duties faithfully and conscientiously in accordance with the Constitution and the law, and that I will dedicate my abilities to the service and welfare of the people of Ireland.

May God direct and sustain me."

THAT is the public declaration of office which Michael D Higgins spoke at Dublin Castle on Friday, November 11, 2011, and thereby formally became Uachtaran na hEireann.

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