This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 11 °C Tuesday 7 July, 2020


# higgins - Monday 23 December, 2019

President Higgins' Christmas message: 'Do we dismiss them... telling them there is no room at our inn?'

Michael D Higgins also urged people to take action on the climate crisis in his annual address.

# higgins - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Higgins at UN: 'No challenge facing international community is more urgent than climate action'

Higgins was addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York this evening.

# higgins - Thursday 12 September, 2019

'I think it's quite unusual': Ministers respond to President Higgins' Defence Forces pay speech

As president, Higgins is the supreme commander of the Defence Forces.

# higgins - Wednesday 3 July, 2019

President Higgins begins first official Irish visit to Germany since 2008

The visit will begin today with a formal welcome by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

# higgins - Wednesday 1 May, 2019

From The42 Trump eases into World Championships semi-final at the Crucible Cruising

Trump eases into World Championships semi-final at the Crucible

Meanwhile, four-time champion John Higgins saw off Neil Robertson in tonight’s other quarter-final.

# higgins - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

President Higgins to give Liam Neeson award for using very particular set of skills to represent Ireland

The actor is one of those chosen to receive the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad for 2017.

# higgins - Thursday 16 March, 2017

Michael D Higgins: 'St Patrick's own life story was one of hardship and migration'

President Higgins described the Irish as a migrant people in his St Patrick’s Day message to those at home and abroad.

# higgins - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

President Higgins set to be awarded Peru’s highest honour

This trip is the first time an Irish President in office has visited Peru, Colombia and Cuba.

# higgins - Sunday 20 December, 2015

# higgins - Monday 12 January, 2015

Is Michael D Higgins being bullied over his height? One of his friends thinks so

The Abbot of Glenstal Abbey isn’t happy with some recent depictions of Michael D Higgins, saying they amount to “nothing less than toxic bullying”.

# higgins - Thursday 10 April, 2014

It's day four of President Higgins' trip to the UK and today he's heading to a farm

From State banquet to country living. The President of Ireland has had a busy few days.

# higgins - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Here's what the President is up to on day one of his State visit to the UK

A meeting with the Queen, an address to both houses of Parliament, and a State banquet among other things…

# higgins - Monday 7 April, 2014

The President is off to the UK later today and here's what he'll be getting up to

Michael D Higgins begins a historic State visit tomorrow but departs for the UK later today.

# higgins - Wednesday 26 March, 2014

Westminster, Windsor and a trip to the farm: President Higgins' trip to London

No time for Madame Tussauds or the London Eye? Shame.

# higgins - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Taoiseach in emotional tribute, following death of FG TD Nicky McFadden RIP

Taoiseach in emotional tribute, following death of FG TD Nicky McFadden

Her death, aged 51, follows a long battle with Motor Neurone disease.

# higgins - Monday 10 February, 2014

President to travel to flood-hit areas, as Met Éireann says outlook "not as tempestuous as recent weeks"

In a break with recent tradition — there are currently no yellow, orange or red weather warnings in place.

# higgins - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

President defends Sabina prison visit as “private and personal”

“Sabina is a person who can speak for herself and is a person of very good judgement.”

# higgins - Friday 13 December, 2013

"Our citizens were failed": President welcomes Priory Hall residents to Áras

President Michael D Higgins said he hoped they could look forward to a new year in which they could “move out of the shadows of anxiety, hurt and disappointment and look forward to new possibilities”.

# higgins - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

PICS: President Michael D Higgins meets Brazilian legend Pelé

We’re sure Galway United came up…

# higgins - Sunday 20 October, 2013

Aló Presidente! President begins three-country tour of Central America

Higgins departed from Dublin Airport yesterday morning as he embarks on an official visit to Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

# higgins - Thursday 12 September, 2013

President: We need to examine how we gauge human worth

Michael D Higgins was speaking at Dublin City University last night on the subject of an ethical economy.

# higgins - Monday 24 June, 2013

President Higgins: ‘Lack of public confidence in the EU cannot go unchecked’

Speaking at a conference today, President Higgins said it was time to go back to the values that were central to the establishment of the European Union.

# higgins - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Pozdravi! President begins State visit to Croatia

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are in the country which is soon to become the EU’s 28th member state.

# higgins - Tuesday 16 April, 2013

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.

# higgins - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

President won't say if he would take further pay cut under Croke Park II

Michael D Higgins already voluntarily cut his pay by 23.5 per cent to just under €250,000 in 2011 but Áras an Uachtaráin will not say whether he would take a further pay cut.

# higgins - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

In pictures: Michael D Higgins meets President Hollande in Paris Michael D This post contains images

In pictures: Michael D Higgins meets President Hollande in Paris

Lovely weather they’re having in France….

# higgins - Tuesday 22 January, 2013

Bill Gates to meet with Taoiseach, Tánaiste and President tomorrow

The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is also reported to be meeting Bono on his visit to Ireland tomorrow.

# higgins - Thursday 22 November, 2012

President continues Liverpool trip before heading to Manchester today

Michael D Higgins has a number of engagements in the north west of England today as he continues his three-day visit.

# higgins - Saturday 17 November, 2012

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…

# higgins - Tuesday 9 October, 2012

Pics: Higgins meets former Brazilian president, gives him Ireland jersey Green Jersey Approach This post contains images

Pics: Higgins meets former Brazilian president, gives him Ireland jersey

Michael D Higgins arrived in Sao Paulo yesterday and headed straight for a meeting with the popular former president.

# higgins - Friday 5 October, 2012

President to meet political leaders and Irish community in Chile

President Michael D Higgins has a busy schedule on the day two of his South American trip.

# higgins - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Pictures: Day one of Michael D Higgins in Chile El Presidente This post contains images

Pictures: Day one of Michael D Higgins in Chile

The President met with his Chilean counterpart on a busy day of public engagements.

Higgins to meet Chilean president on first full day of South America trip

After arriving in Chile yesterday morning, President Higgins kicks off his two weeks trip to South American with a day of public engagements in Santiago.

# higgins - Tuesday 4 September, 2012

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.

# higgins - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

President speaks of 'heartbreaking' unemployment and emigration on US trip

Michael D Higgins told Irish professionals working in the States that he hoped to some day see many of them return to Ireland in the future.

# higgins - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

‘These are troubling and testing times’ – A Christmas message from President Higgins

Marking his first Christmas in Áras an Uachtaráin, President Michael D Higgins has this message for the Irish people…

# higgins - Saturday 29 October, 2011

Poet, politician and the ninth President of Ireland: Michael D Higgins Aras11 This post contains videos

Poet, politician and the ninth President of Ireland: Michael D Higgins

Labour’s #Áras11 candidate is the President Elect and will be sworn into office in the middle of next month. Here’s a bit of background on the man who will be president…

# higgins - Thursday 20 October, 2011

Norris rules out any vote transfer pact with Higgins

The Labour presidential candidate mooted the possibility of a pact today but Norris’s campaign has ruled it out this evening.