Tag Archives: President Higgins

This morning.

Pics: Maxwells


Eileen Walsh originally from County Cavan and living in Liverpool since 1951, meets president Higgins and Sabina.


Pics: Maxwells


Easy for him to say.

Being bilingual and all.

Calm down.

Calm down.

This afternoon.

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



This afternoon.

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.

Any excuse.

Earlier: Bring me The Heads of Luke Kelly


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

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

Sam Boal/RollingNews


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.