President Higgins and Sabina Higgins at Dublin Castle on September 29, 2011
In a short statement, Mr Higgins said he will be “offering himself as an independent candidate, under Article 12.4.4 of Bunreacht na hÉireann, when the Ministerial Order for a Presidential Election is made later this year.
Michael D Higgins to seek second term as president (RTE)
Leave her, Juncker!
Phoenix Park, Dublin
President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker with President and Sabina Higgins during a courtesy call to Aras an Uachtarain on the second day of his official visit to Ireland.
Yesterday: Ireland’s Most Powerful Man Meets Taoiseach
Croke Park, Dublin
Jean-Claude Juncker (centre) with, from left: Henry Shefflin, Phil Hogan (European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development), Simon Coveney, and President of the GAA John Horan.
Well for some.
Palazzo Corsini, Florence, Italy
President Higgins attended a ‘working dinner’ with President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, and the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo De Sousa. Followed by charades and Twister.
Pic via Aras
Áras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
World Rowing Championships stars Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan prove helpless with President Higgins’ Bernese Mountain Dogs Síoda and Bród at a reception for members and volunters of Skibbereen Rowing Club, including its four World Rowing Championships.
Needy or unstable?
“The Berner, as he’s nicknamed, love their people, especially children, and will pine without human companionship. They should certainly have access to a securely fenced yard, but when the family is home, the Bernese should be with them.”
Bernese Mountain Dog (Vetstreet)
Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly.
President Higgins (foreground) tells Sean O’Rourke of the prospect of another term.
President Higgins and Sabina and a couple of Clydesdales.
Squee, in fairness.
Áras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park,
President Michael D Higgins with Bród , one of his two Bernese Mountain Dogs, joins guests, including artist Robert Ballagh (pic 4 ) at the President’s Crafts and Creative Arts Garden Party.
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Áras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins meets Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton (above) and members of the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans.
The Choctaw Nation’s generosity toward Ireland during the famine was marked with the dedication on Sunday of a piece of sculpture, entitled Kindred Spirits, in Ballick Park, Midleton, County Cork.
Don’t mention Arrawanna.
Earlier: Escaping Dire Situations
From left: Maire Whelan; President Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
The letter, which is confidential and known as a “warrant of appointment”, insisted President Higgins ratify Ms Whelan’s role in the appeals court immediately.
The unpublished letter is understood to have included a “specific” demand that the appointment be made on Monday morning, despite the fact the timeline had until then not been the subject of any discussion.
While no formal reason was included in the letter explaining the schedule being sought, sources close to the process said they believe the timeline was put forward to ensure the position was set in stone before any Dáil or Cabinet criticism today.
Government insist Máire Whelan be appointed ahead of Dáil reconvening (irish Examiner)
Yesterday: With The Stroke of A Pen
John Gallen writes:
Look who is out front and centre, the wee man himself keepin’ the good ladies of Gogglebox Ireland‘s tea warm :)
Previously: Win Your Own Michael Tea Cosy
Michael Tea Cosy on Broadsheet
Near the village of Thiepval, Picardy, France
President Higgins leaving the Thiepval Memorial of the Missing following the Somme 100 ceremony.
Today marks the 100th centenary of start the Battle of the Somme which was to last until November 18, 1916 with more than one million men wounded or killed
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