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Those who take issue with Sabina Higgins’s letter are effectively saying ‘the war between Russia and Ukraine must go on’

Willie Kealy


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President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina. Mrs Higgins has called for Russia and Ukraine to sit down and negotiate rather than to continue killing each other. Photo: PA

President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina. Mrs Higgins has called for Russia and Ukraine to sit down and negotiate rather than to continue killing each other. Photo: PA

Sabina Higgins. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Sabina Higgins. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

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President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina. Mrs Higgins has called for Russia and Ukraine to sit down and negotiate rather than to continue killing each other. Photo: PA

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.

But being intimidated by his popularity does not mean some who lean to the right do not resent that this leftist is hard to handle. So when they feel they have found a chink in the President’s armour, they do not hesitate to exploit it.


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