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Time for President Michael D Higgins to explain – or maybe for his wife Sabina to withdraw ill-judged comments on Ukraine war

John Downing


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Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, with his wife Sabina Coyne, before meeting French President Emmanuel Macron at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during his first official visit to Ireland. Picture date: Thursday August 26, 2021.

Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, with his wife Sabina Coyne, before meeting French President Emmanuel Macron at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during his first official visit to Ireland. Picture date: Thursday August 26, 2021.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

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Senator John McGahon

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Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, with his wife Sabina Coyne, before meeting French President Emmanuel Macron at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin, during his first official visit to Ireland. Picture date: Thursday August 26, 2021.

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.

Her commentary, calling for a negotiated peace, in essence gives the same moral ranking to Russia and Ukraine in this bloody war caused by Moscow’s illegal, immoral and barbaric invasion of its smaller neighbour.


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