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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Áras An Uachtaráin

Last year
2022
# taoiseach rotation
'The honour of a lifetime': Micheál Martin resigns as Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar will take over the role of Taoiseach later today.
# statement
Sabina Higgins issues statement explaining why Ukraine letter was placed on Áras website
The wife of president Michael D Higgins courted controversy after she wrote a letter in the Irish Times calling for ceasefire negotiations.
# Áras An Uachtaráin
President Higgins and his wife Sabina have tested positive for Covid-19
The President is isolating and will continue to work from home.
All time
# Test Yourself
Quiz: How much do you know about the Presidents of Ireland?
Who loved golf and who likes spending time in a convent?
# Phoenix Park
Protest outside Áras an Uachtaráin against vaccines and new Covid-19 legislation
It is the second protest in two days after a similar event against the Dáil vote on new legislation yesterday.
# jab done
President Higgins and wife Sabina receive first doses of Covid-19 vaccine
“President Higgins and Sabina were grateful to receive their first Covid-19 vaccination from their local GP.”
# Legislation
President Higgins signs Mother and Baby Homes Bill into law
The President pointed out that his decision to sign the legislation “leaves it open to any citizens to challenge the provisions of the bill”.
# brod agus sioda
President Higgins' dog Síoda dies following short illness
Bród and Síoda had become the stars of the Áras in recent years.
# Centenarian Bounty
Áras spending increases as more and more people turn 100 and receive €2,540 payment
A total of 481 Irish people received the Centenarian Bounty last year.
# pence visit
The Taoiseach and his partner have welcomed Mike Pence to Farmleigh ahead of a family lunch
The US Vice President stopped by the Áras earlier this morning.
# no deal fears
Varadkar and Corbyn share 'serious concerns' about Brexit during Dublin meeting
Corbyn also had a “lengthy and comprehensive” meeting with President Michael D Higgins.
# guido nasi
President praises 'force of forgiveness' of Italian student left paralysed in Dublin attack in 1999
Guido Nasi was left paraplegic following the attack in 1999.
# guido nasi
'Thank you for everything': Mother of Italian man paralysed in Dublin attack pens letter to Irish people
Guido Nasi was 17 when he was left paraplegic during an unprovoked attack.
# aras 18
Michael D Higgins: 'I'm not a millionaire. I don't see the merit in this kind of discourse'
One of Higgins’ rivals has claimed that those without personal wealth or the backing of political parties will soon be unable to become president.
# Race for the Áras
Seán Gallagher promises to stay in Irish embassies rather than hotels if elected president
President Michael D Higgins faced questions at this campaign launch about reports he stayed in a hotel which cost €3,000 per night.
# Áras An Uachtaráin
Trump, racism and tea parties: Yes, this was the talk from the Irish presidential hopefuls
Next stop on the presidential campaign… Carlow: Independent hopefuls vie for council nomination
# lifting the veil
How much is being spent by Áras an Uachtaráin? Fianna Fáil wants to find out
The office of presidency spends about €7m per year, but the breakdown of that spending is kept under wraps.
# joan freeman
Founder of Pieta House writes to councils seeking support for presidential run
Joan Freeman said it is her lifelong ambition to “deliver a better quality of life”.
# the aras
'Nobody has approached me': Frances Black says she has no intention of running for president
Sinn Féin is due to hold meetings with a number of independents about the presidential election.
# the aras
Mary Lou McDonald drops strong hint that SF will contest presidential race
The Sinn Féin leader said she has a number of names in mind for the role.
# Áras An Uachtaráin
'I'm still angry': Survivors to discuss how Magdalene Laundries should be remembered
“I was taken in by the nuns at 15 – I hadn’t even kissed a boy”: Elizabeth Coppin told RTÉ about her experience in a Cork Laundry.
Voices
Column: 'There should be a presidential election and Michael D shouldn't run'
We live in an extraordinary moment for democratic government, where confidence in the honesty of political leaders is seemingly at an all time low, writes Caoimhín De Barra.
# Aras 2018?
Presidential hopeful calls on largest parties to say if they will run candidates for Áras
Gerard Craughwell says other challengers need time to organise their campaigns.
# Áras An Uachtaráin
Taoiseach fails to rule out Frances Fitzgerald as a presidential candidate
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he wants Fitzgerald to return to high office soon.
# fred the labrador
This man’s quest to find out about Michael D’s mysterious dog led to a lovely letter from the Áras
He’s “notoriously difficult to photograph as he is always moving”.
# staying at the áras
Most people want Michael D Higgins to serve a second term as President
Higgins has hinted he may seek to remain in office, despite previously ruling out a second term.
# feel the bern
Michael D Higgins met Bernie Sanders yesterday, and everyone wants them to be best mates
Sure they could be twins!
# Christmas Message
'As this year ends peace can seem very distant': President Higgins reflects on 2016
“[This is a] time to focus on the message contained in the story of a child in the manger, born to parents without a home.”
# Michael D Higgins
Woman who repeatedly threatened to bomb the President avoids jail
The woman made repeated threats to bomb the president over a number of phone calls in April and October 2014.
# Latching On
Sabina Higgins invites 200 mothers and babies to a breastfeeding morning at the Áras
Nurses, mothers, grandmothers and children flocked towards the Áras yesterday for a breastfeeding event organised by Sabina Higgins.
# the big house
Enda Kenny says he doesn't want to be President of Ireland
Pressure over the leadership has been mounting on Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
# Team ireland at the áras
Team Ireland visited the Áras today and there were smiles all around
He also had some strong words for Ireland’s sporting bosses. .
# supporter in chief
Michael D praise for Irish defeat of Azzurri and 'ambassadors' in the stands
Michael D was in Lille to see Ireland beat Italy.
# cheeeese
The President pulled off a great photobomb in the Phoenix Park
Just out for a stroll…
# cheeeese
Michael D pulled off the greatest photobomb ever in the Phoenix Park
Just out for a stroll…
# Lights out
Are you observing Earth Hour? Landmarks like the Áras are
Many countries have already done their bit.
# park life
'I don't say the exact same thing to the visiting captain as I say to Paul O'Connell' - President Higgins on those pre-game line-ups
The President on the importance of sport in the life of a country.
# Grassroots
President Higgins on why the League of Ireland is important and how it can thrive
We were invited to the Áras ahead of tomorrow’s President’s Cup game.
# It's Official
President Michael D Higgins has signed the Water Services Bill
Water charges are now the law of the land.
# No thanks
Justice Catherine McGuinness was approached to run for president...but she wasn't interested
The former Supreme Court judge said she doesn’t regret her decision to turn it down.