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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Áras An Uachtaráin

All time
# visibility
"Historic day" as LGBT teachers' group meet President
The group is part of the INTO union.
# watch the clock
We're guessing the Austrian president hasn't dealt with Irish timekeeping before
Tricky. Very tricky.
"Could you all just move to the left slightly?.." Fixed grins and Cabinet divisions at the Áras
You’d almost think the President had nothing better to do than hang around the house all day waiting for a busload of ministers.
Peter O'Toole's ashes are being 'minded' at the Áras for the moment
The late actor’s daughter said the ashes were “in safe deposit” with the President while the family arranges their burial in Co Galway.
# Election 2014
Nephew of President Michael D Higgins running in local elections
Donal Higgins, a father of two, is running under the Labour banner.
# Áras An Uachtaráin
President's most senior aide to leave Áras an Uachtaráin
Adrian O’Neill is taking up a role at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
# gettin' higgy with it
Even Michael D Higgins has to queue for the ATM
Twitter reported sightings of the President in a Dublin ATM queue yesterday.
# New Job
And President Higgins's new adviser is...
Drumroll, please.
# Austerity
Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizens
Speaking at a reception for the new European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, he said the connection between economy, society and government is profoundly important.
# abortion act
Some welcome President passing abortion bill, others not so much
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore described it as a “key milestone”, while the Pro Life Campaign said it was a “very sad day”.
# Abortion bill
In pics: President Michael D Higgins concludes meeting with the Council of State
The President has not yet made an announcement on whether he’ll sign the the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law or refer it to the Supreme Court.
# history lesson
So what happened when the Council of State was convened in the past?
Today will be the 27th time the Council of State has been convened to discuss legislation – but it’s not the first time abortion laws have been discussed.
# Abortion
Explainer: What is the Council of State and why is it discussing the abortion bill?
The Council of State is a little-used and largely unknown body but it takes centre stage as it discusses the abortion bill next week. explains what it’s all about…
# Article 26
President Higgins to convene Council of State over abortion bill
Áras an Uachtaráin has said that a meeting will be held next Monday where members of the Council and the President will consider the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.
# protection of life
President to receive abortion bill today
The legislation is to be delivered to the Phoenix Park, after being passed by the Seanad yesterday.
# you're hired
Michael D Higgins hires new speech writer...she sounds smart
Aziliz Gouez’s CV includes two masters degrees, research experience in Cambridge and a book about wine.
# Magdalenes
Magdalene survivors to meet with President at Áras today
The women said it will be a day for them to enjoy but that their work is “just getting started”.
# Anglo Tapes
President Higgins: Anglo Tapes “are not the voices of the people of Ireland”
Michael D reassures Irish people they will be recognised internationally for their spirit and hard work.
# Boston Marathon
President, Taoiseach and Tánaiste extend sympathies to Boston
President Michael D Higgins has issued a brief statement offering thoughts to the people of Boston after today’s explosions at the city’s marathon.
# thatcher
President Higgins: Thatcher's legacy will be debated for many years
The President said he was “sorry to learn of the death of Lady Thatcher” and extended his condolences to her family.
# Irishness
President’s St Patrick’s Day message: ‘It’s time to reflect on our shared past’
Michael D Higgins says it is a time to reflect on our shared past, celebrate Ireland’s unique culture and heritage, and show our gratitude to all those who have been of assistance to Irish people at home and abroad.
# women's day
Fear of reporting sexual assaults is 'shameful indictment', says Higgins
On International Women’s Day, the President tells an audience at Áras an Úachtaráin that Ireland must support assault victims more.
# the gathering
PHOTOS: President and pals prepare for Patrick's Day broadcast
The Script, Bono, Christy Moore and Seamus Heaney will be among the artists performing on ‘Glaoch’ on March 17.
# Bill Gates
In pictures: Bill Gates meets Irish leaders
The billionaire Microsoft founder was visiting to discuss development aid priorities for Ireland’s EU Presidency.
Tender for redevelopment of President's website seven months after revamp
A tender note – which misspelled the President’s name – was put on the government’s e-tenders website yesterday as looks set for a complete overhaul next year.
Read Me: President Higgins' message for Christmas and New Year
The President of Ireland offers his best wishes to the people of Ireland and the Irish family, “wherever they may be”.
# Michael D
Interview: 'There is a great anger in the country' - President Higgins
In an interview with, President Michael D Higgins has spoken of his initiative to help Ireland’s youth shape the country’s future and his first year in office. Listen to the full interview here…
# Ireland
Youths tell President about being 'Young and Irish' in 2012
Michael D Higgins will hold his first Presidency Seminar today, where the Being Young and Irish 2012 report will be discussed.
# phoenix park 350
In pics: Marking the 350th anniversary of Phoenix Park
The pen and ink drawings by the Irish artist Sheelagh Duff are part of a free exhibition in the Phoenix Park until the end of November.
# Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton for the Áras?
Former US president says that he could in theory run for president in Ireland and also France.
# presidential visit
In pictures: Team Ireland meets President Higgins at the Áras
When Michael D met Katie T…
# Latin trip
President Higgins to travel to Latin America in October
The President is expected to make an official visit to Chile, Brazil and Argentina next month.
# Michael D Higgins
President to meet with former Vita Cortex workers
The former workers, who staged a 161 day sit-in at the Vita Cortex plant, are to meet the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.
# hello mr president
Michael D Higgins to host Vita Cortex workers in the Áras
The President is also set to meet with the mayor of Poznan next week.
# Hack the city
VIDEO: Drone 'spies' on Mountjoy, and the Facebook and Google offices
Helicopter drones were launched around Dublin city to capture images of inaccessible places…
# Young and Irish
In pictures: President Higgins launches 'Being Young and Irish'
The seminar is the first in a new presidential series.
# Centenarian Bounty
Here's how many people the government thinks will turn 100 this year
Enda Kenny has revealed Budget estimates for the Centenarian’s Bounty – revealing how many people will receive it.
# autism awareness
Autism Awareness Day celebrated around Ireland
Autism Awareness Day was celebrated around the country today, with one Irish artist with autism getting to meet the President of Ireland to mark his work being used on a UN stamp.
# ambassadors' reception
Mr President I presume? Three new ambassadors present credentials at the Áras
These three new ambassadors gave their letters of credence to President Michael D Higgins today – but what countries are they from?