Eileen Walsh originally from County Cavan and living in Liverpool since 1951, meets president Higgins and Sabina.
Easy for him to say.
Being bilingual and all.
University of Liverpool.
President Michael D Higgins has met Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during a day celebrating the culture, history and people of Liverpool.
President Higgins and Prince Charles signed a scroll making them joint patrons at the Institute of Irish studies at the University of Liverpool. The event was attended by the Irish Ambassador to the UK, Adrian O’Neill….
President Michael D Higgins meets Prince Charles in Liverpool (RTÉ)
Pic via Kate McMulin
Guild Street/ Sheriff Street, Dublin 1
President Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina at the launch of Vera Klute’s sculpture of Luke Kelly, one of two being unveiled today in the capital…
South King Street, Dublin 2
President Higgins and Sabina with musicians, including Glen Hansard (top third left) and The Dubliners‘ John Sheahan (white beard), at the launch of John Coll’s sculpture of folk legend Luke Kelly.
Earlier: Bring me The Heads of Luke Kelly
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
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
A new website Michaeldhiggins.ie to re-elect president Higgins is launched.
Earlier: Mise Éire
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)