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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Michael D Higgins

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# direct provision
Irish people cannot 'remain silent' in face of attacks on refugees, warns President
Michael D Higgins made the speech in New York.
# United Nations
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.
# Defence Forces
Higgins says he wasn't elected to 'just read speeches he has been handed'
The president said recent comments he made about Defence Forces pay are “very much within the Constitution”.
# Pay
President Michael D Higgins offers support to Defence Force staff over pay
Higgins was speaking at an event celebrating members of the Defence Forces.
# 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.
# Nora Quoirin
'Every family's worst nightmare': Higgins and Varadkar offer condolences to family of Nóra Quoirin
Police confirmed earlier today that a body found in Malaysia is that of Irish teenager Nóra Quoirin.
# Right to Know
Revealed: How Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese used government jet service hundreds of times
Information about the presidents’ use of the service can be revealed for the first time following a landmark ruling this year.
Here's who spent the most in the 2018 presidential campaign
SIPO today released details of the expenses and donations during the 2018 presidential election campaign.
# Edward F Crawford
Billionaire Irish-American takes office as US ambassador to Ireland after Áras ceremony
Edward F Crawford took up the role of ambassador to Ireland today, which has been vacant since Trump took office.
# Gaybo
President pays tribute to Gay Byrne at lifetime achievement ceremony: 'His empathy threw light on dark corners in Irish life'
Michael D Higgins praised Byrne’s impact on Irish broadcasting at a ceremony this evening.
# Garden Party
President to host Áras garden party highlighting issues around Direct Provision
Irish organisations that support refugees have been invited to a garden party tomorrow.
# strong words
President Higgins calls Trump's decision to pull out of climate change deal 'regressive and pernicious'
Higgins made the comments at a speech in the RDS today.
# Right to Know
Government ordered to release records about use of its jet service by Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese
The ruling was made by the Commissioner for Environmental Information last week.
# 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.
# Sinead Burke
Activist Sinéad Burke has been appointed to the Council of State
Sindy Joyce, the first Traveller in Ireland to graduate with a PhD, has also been appointed to the Council.
# 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.
# unity
'A new mind for Europe is required': President Higgins criticises 'inadequate' European Union
He called for a fresh approach to tackling inequality among member states.
# St Patrick's Day
Pictured: Hundreds of thousands take to streets of Ireland for St Patrick's Day parades
Around 500,000 people attended the parade in Dublin, the country’s largest parade.
# St Patricks Day Message
Michael D Higgins: 'As world buildings turn green, let's play our part in a greener world'
He urged Irish citizens to “play their own personal and essential role in saving our planet and our environment”.
'Damaging to the very fabric of our society': Higgins criticises Ireland's unequal justice system
Higgins was speaking at the opening of Flac’s new Dublin office.
# birmingham bound
President Higgins begins three-day official visit to England with trip to 'significant destination' Birmingham
Speaking today, Higgins recalled those who emigrated from Ireland to Birmingham.
# dail 100
President Higgins warns of the return of 'an ugly, xenophobic corruption of nationalism'
Michael D Higgins was commemorating the centenary of the establishment of Dáil Éireann.
# Retirement
President signs bill that allows public servants work until they're 70
The State pension age is scheduled to increase to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028.
# Free Safe Legal
Abortion services made legal in Ireland as Michael D Higgins signs Bill into law
Hospitals will provide the services in 2019.
# Money Money Money
How much is being spent by Áras an Uachtaráin? Michael D's spending has been revealed
This is the first time such a review has been published since the Irish Presidency was established in 1938.
# follow the money
'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate'
The committee got into hot water before the presidential election when it decided to review the spending of the Office of the President of Ireland.
# Irish Abroad
Edna O'Brien and nun working on Gaza Strip among diaspora receiving awards today
Ten people, chosen from 148 nominations, are set to be honoured by President Higgins today.
# rugby triumph
Michael D Higgins and Shane Ross fly out with congrats for Ireland's win over All Blacks
Ireland beat New Zealand in a thrilling encounter at the Aviva Stadium.
An emotional evening for the President (punctuated by a nighttime dash to the Áras and back)
Dublin Castle provided a dramatic backdrop to the nighttime inauguration ceremony.
Michael D Higgins has been sworn in for a second term as President of Ireland
He promised to be President for all – and noted he had a huge mandate to deliver his vision over the next seven years.
# Swearing in
Michael D Higgins to attend Armistice event (but not as President) before evening inauguration
His first term as President officially ended at midnight.
# Armistice 100
Irish leaders mark Armistice Day at events in Ireland, Britain and France
President-elect Michael D Higgins delayed his inauguration to take part in an event
# follow the money
PAC likely to examine Áras finances every year to avoid 'hullabaloo in next campaign'
There was controversy during the campaign about the €317,000 annual allowance paid to the Office of the President.
# 11 November
Higgins asks for inauguration to be moved to evening in light of Armistice events
The ceremony is due to take place on Sunday 11 November.
# paws for thought
Even the President's pets got dragged into the campaign - but an expert reckons they're an ideal dog for the Áras
Peter Casey went on the attack over Michael D Higgins’ Bernese Mountain Dogs.
# seven more years
Michael D Higgins' speech outlines his plans for the next seven years
President Michael D Higgins says he would focus on equality, togetherness and strong sustainable communities during his next term.
What is the long-term impact of Peter Casey's result on Irish politics, if there is one?
Ireland may be resistant to the temptations of populism but we are not immune, writes Larry Donnelly.
# aras 18
This has been the lowest turnout in Irish presidential election history
Just 43.87% of the electorate voted in the presidential election.
# aras 18
Michael D versus the rest: How did your constituency vote?
The votes are in and Michael D Higgins will have another seven years in the Áras.