Tag Archives: President Higgins

Yesterday evening.

South Dublin city centre.

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins meet the public during an impromptu canvassing session for Presidency 2018 outside the Gaiety Theatre and  Grafton Street.


President Higgins and Joan Freeman

Further to revelations of a hitherto unknown and unaudited annual Presidential allowance of €317,00…

Presidential candidate Joan Freeman writes::

“I’m shocked to hear that €317,000 of public money is paid every year without audit, without checks and without accountability.

I know of no other public money that is treated in this way, and to find people actually defending it is mind boggling.

On what possible grounds could you defend this level of secrecy?

As someone who has worked in the voluntary and charity sectors for years, I’m disappointed at the double standards in the way scrutiny is applied to public monies.

When we, rightly, demand openness, transparency and accountability of public spending, it behoves us to lead by example.

That is not the case here and we should be told what this budget is needed for, why it hasn’t been accounted for and why no-one bothered to ask questions until now.”


Yesterday: The President’s €317,000 Top-Up ‘Allowance

Government Secretary General Martin Fraser this morning

This morning.

At a Public Accounts Committee hearing.

Government Secretary General Martin Fraser is addressing questions from TDs about spending related to President Michael D Higgins’ term of office.

More as we get it.

Watch proceedings live here

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!

This morning.

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.

Oily fupper.

Yesterday: Ireland’s Most Powerful Man Meets Taoiseach

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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.

Yesterday evening

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

Stop that.

Last Saturday.

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)


Previously: Bródmance

Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

This morning.

Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly.

President Higgins (foreground) tells Sean O’Rourke of the prospect of another term.



Story, Buds.

President Higgins and Sabina and a couple of Clydesdales.

Squee, in fairness.



This afternoon.

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.


Pics: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie