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# Michael D Higgins

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# Unprecedented
President Higgins raises concerns about volume of legislation he's asked to consider in a short period
The Ceann Comhairle and Cathaoirleach have said they “appreciated the concerns” raised by President Higgins.
# Violence
Gardaí examining social media posts referring to Michael D Higgins
Anti-lockdown groups on social media and Telegram channels criticised the signing of the law which paves the way for indoor dining.
Carbon neutral by 2050: President Higgins signs Climate Action Bill into law
“Today is a landmark day,” said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.
# Indoor dining
Taoiseach says 'there's an obligation' on everyone to follow indoor dining rules ahead of Monday's reopening
A government statement said good indoor ventilation is “essential”.
# rip-off
Ticket touts: President signs into law bill banning above price resales
Penalties including a fine of up to €100,000 or up to two years imprisonment face anyone caught defying the Sale of Tickets Bill 2021.
# Problem Gambling
Michael D Higgins describes TV gambling ads as a 'scourge' as he urges debate around the issue
President Higgins said debate around gambling in Ireland is to be welcomed.
# rent pressure zones
President Higgins signs rent increase bill into law
All rent increases will now be made in line with the nation’s inflation rate.
# May Day
In the Covid era, 'solidarity means standing shoulder to shoulder with poorer nations', says President Higgins
In a video address, he called for carers to be recognised as essential in the post-pandemic world.
# Travelling Community
President Higgins says 'exclusion' of Travellers is based on 'unrepublican populist sentiments'
The President was speaking on International Traveller and Roma Day.
# Music
President leads tributes to 'captivating' soprano Veronica Dunne who has died aged 93
Dr Dunne also trained some of Ireland’s best known classical singers.
1916 Easter Rising commemorations take place in Dublin
Events were restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
# 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.”
# words from the áras
President Higgins calls for global solidarity to 'exit the fog' of Covid-19 in St Patrick's Day message
The president said: “We have been reminded of our shared vulnerability, our interdependence, the need for an understanding that can fly past borders.”
# Across the water
Queen Elizabeth and President Higgins share St. Patrick's Day wishes and mark visit anniversary
The queen’s 2011 visit to the Republic of Ireland was the first by a British monarch.
# Travel
President Michael D Higgins signs mandatory quarantine legislation into law
The law was passed in the Dáil and Seanad.
# the british empire
Michael D Higgins: There is a reluctance to criticise empire and imperialism
Uachtarán na hÉireann wrote in the Guardian that a “feigned amnesia” of Anglo-Irish history would not help create a better future.
# Report
President Higgins says State 'must bear primary responsibility' for mother and baby homes
Michael D Higgins issued a statement on the report published this week.
# Coco's Law
President Higgins signs legislation criminalising distribution of intimate images without consent into law
The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017 covers a wide range of offences.
# Michael D
Watch: President Michael D Higgins delivers his Christmas address to the nation
The President also wished everyone in Ireland a Happy Christmas and a New Year of hope and promise.
# aras
President Higgins unveils river of light at the Áras for those who cannot join family this Christmas
Separately, the president sent his best wishes to third level students in a special Christmas message.
Irish leaders congratulate Joe Biden on presidential win
Biden will be the 46th president of the US having secured the state of Pennsylvania.
# 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”.
# Climate Change
President says we can't 'continue with the mere placing of a green lens on economic policies' to save the planet
President Michael D Higgins gave a speech to the Engineers Ireland Conference this morning.
# Inner city
President Higgins leads tributes to Dublin community activist Fergus McCabe who has died aged 71
President Higgins said he was part of the “beating heart” of community campaigning.
# brod agus sioda
President Higgins' dog Síoda dies following short illness
Bród and Síoda had become the stars of the Áras in recent years.
# Coronavirus
President Higgins says need for 'solidarity, compassion and kindness' in Ireland's response to Covid-19
The President has recorded a Covid-19 related message to the Irish at home and abroad.
# Phoenix Park
'Serious concerns' that new housing development could pose security threat to President Higgins
There are plans for 33 semi-detached houses and a four-storey apartment block near the Phoenix Park.
# Justice
Justice Mary Irvine to become first female President of the High Court
The judge has been nominated by government and will be appointed by President Michael D Higgins.
# History
President Higgins says Ireland and Africa have each experienced racism and 'a suppressed culture'
The President’s comments come at a time when there is is a global focus on the history of colonialism.
# Covid-19
Michael D Higgins: Ireland owes 'enormous debt of gratitude' to Covid-19 essential workers
The president made an address to the citizens of Ireland on independent radio stations this afternoon.
# Uachtarán na hÉireann
Michael D Higgins: Covid-19 pandemic has created an 'unanswerable case' for universal basic services
“The good thing about it, I think, is that there will be an opportunity to do things better,” Uachtarán na hÉireann argued.
# Coronavirus
Cabinet approves emergency Covid-19 legislation ahead of Thursday's Dáil sitting
Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins met this afternoon to discuss the State’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.
# Coronavirus
President calls for 'solidarity' to tackle Covid-19 in St Patrick's message
Michael D Higgins addressed the coronavirus outbreak in his St Patrick’s Day message this evening.
# 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.
# Royal Visit
William and Kate arrive in Ireland and meet with President Higgins ahead of three day visit
Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Galway are all on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s itinerary this week.
# Auschwitz
President Higgins says rise of extremism 'deeply worrying' before 75th Holocaust Remembrance Day
Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.
# ge2020
The 32nd Dáil has been dissolved by President Michael D Higgins
The general election will be held on 8 February.
# Michael D
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.
# in remembrance
President Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attend Remembrance Sunday ceremonies
President Higgins diary notes that he will be in attendance ” in honour of those who died in war”.
# Protests
President Higgins and Minister Paul Kehoe evacuated from Beirut hotel due to 'security concerns'
Their itinerary for today was cancelled due the ongoing protests in the city.