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# Michael D Higgins

Last week
14th July 2024 - 20th July 2024
President signs controversial Defence legislation into law following Council of State meeting
The statement went onto say that his decision to make the legislation law does not close off an avenue to challenge the Defence Amendment Act in court.
President concludes meeting with Council of State to assess if Defence Bill is constitutional
President Higgins lays wreath at 'poignant' commemoration ceremony in Dublin
Last month
June 2024
President says libraries are facing 'censorship' due to 'intimidation by far-right groups'
This year
2024
Fixing delays with childen's spinal surgeries 'not rocket science', President Higgins says
'They deserve the truth': President Higgins lays wreath at Monaghan bombing memorial
Michael D Higgins had a 'mild stroke' during his health troubles last month, but is 'fine now'
President Michael D Higgins to receive honorary doctorate in Manchester today
President Higgins discusses ICJ case against Israel in phone call with South Africa president
'Cries of the innocent will haunt us if we stay silent': Taoiseach calls for Gaza ceasefire in Boston speech
President Michael D Higgins issues strongly worded statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza
The President said the “world has been warned” of the consequences of inaction in Gaza.
President Higgins returns to in-person duties after spending week in hospital
President Michael D Higgins back in Áras an Uachtaráin after spending week in hospital
The President, aged 82, was admitted to St James’s Hospital last Thursday for precautionary tests after feeling unwell.
The Áras said today that President Higgins "thanked all of the staff at St James's Hospital for the care which he received" during his stay.
The President continued to carry out his constitutional duties while in hospital.
He is due to meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for a pre-scheduled meeting tomorrow.
President Michael D Higgins to remain in hospital until Thursday after 'mild transient weakness'
President Michael D Higgins to remain in hospital over weekend to monitor his blood pressure
President Higgins urges countries to 'think again' and reinstate funding to UN Palestinian agency
President Higgins warns of 'moment of global crisis' as Israel strikes refugee-dense southern Gaza
Last year
2023
Gerry Adams has no intention of running for Áras an Uachtaráin, says McDonald
President Michael D Higgins thanks migrants who ‘enrich our culture’ in Christmas message
Richard Boyd Barrett defends remarks labelling Israel a ‘filthy, racist regime’
Documentary about the suicide of a young Traveller boy who was bullied airs tonight
'Broken but in one piece': Father of freed hostage Emily Hand is reunited with his daughter
Sabina Higgins receiving treatment for breast cancer
Higgins says 'collective punishment' is not something world can accept in Israel-Gaza war
'Will of the people': Higgins says neither Taoiseach or Tánaiste want a 'silent president'
Higgins says blocking of essential food is 'criminal' as aid trucks wait to cross into Gaza
‘I don’t give instructions to the Pope’: Higgins on his latest audience with Pope Francis
President Higgins: Israel must not fall into same 'category' as Hamas by breaking international law
President Higgins has private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican
President Higgins says Gaza hospital strike must be investigated as a 'war crime'
President Higgins hits out at ‘dysfunctional food systems’ in World Food Forum address in Rome
President Higgins Rome visit to include Pope Francis meeting and World Food Forum address
President Higgins has referred the Judicial Appointments Bill to the Supreme Court
President to meet with Council of State to assess if new law to appoint judges is constitutional
President Higgins starts month of travel in Portugal, with climate change high on agenda
President Higgins accuses UN of ‘losing credibility’ amid warning over climate change
Michael D Higgins praises Gardaí and emergency staff in commemoration service in Phoenix Park
President Higgins sends condolences to Biden after ‘tragic loss of life’ in Hawaii wildfires
President Higgins will undergo back surgery on Tuesday with 'short rehabilitation'
Son of President Michael D Higgins criticises consultative forum as 'alarmist'