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President Higgins said : "We must not allow the shadows which we are living under to defeat what are our best hopes, agreements which have such an intergenerational appeal, particularly among young people," "We are now at a point where world leaders and our global institutions themselves must strongly consider how they can operate in order to ensure that the sustainable development goals are delivered effectively" External link

irishexaminer Sunday, September 25, 2022 2:50:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “The meeting this week in New York will seek again to avoid dealing with structural issues and the structural issues are: dependency on a few staples over which people have no control, export crops over which they have no control, speculation on the exchange in relation to grain itself,” External link

thejournal Thursday, September 22, 2022 4:44:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "It's wonderful to be back," External link

leinsterexpress Wednesday, September 21, 2022 3:02:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “It is a disgrace to have below-cost selling,” “How can you say you respect the production of food if you allow people to do indulgent below-cost selling” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins commented : “Farming, farm families and farming communities are an incredibly important part of not just Ireland’s past, but Ireland’s future,” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins remarked : “There is enough food in the world, but it is part of the speculative system. The humanitarian response is important but it is insufficient,” “It is always the tough thing to say: Have you the courage to say to the world ‘do your economics differently, respect your planet differently and put people first’,” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Year after year, the United Nations avoids dealing with the structural issues that are standing behind the food crisis. We had an immense food crisis 15 years ago in 2007 and yet in 2020 we allowed food to be part of the futures market on the stock exchange, we speculate on the food that is necessary to stop people starving. " External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, September 20, 2022 6:31:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Irish independence is why we’re here. So, the idea of somebody standing in front of a monument to those who fought for independence and separation from the empire was a very significant statement. As was the statement in relation to the Irish language,” External link

independent-ie Saturday, September 10, 2022 2:49:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “There isn't any point to pretending anything. And empire led to domination and then to dispossession and the colonisation of the ‘lesser’,” External link

independent-ie Saturday, September 10, 2022 2:49:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "I think, above all else, it is the extraordinary achievement she had of giving such a long service in very, very significant conditions of change, being incredibly well informed, but also maybe I think the exceptional part of it all was combining this sense of formality in duty with a great capacity for connection with the people" External link

RTERadio Friday, September 9, 2022 8:31:00 PM EAT

President Higgins wrote : “During those memorable few days eleven years ago, the queen did not shy away from the shadows of the past,” External link

aljazeera-en Friday, September 9, 2022 4:47:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “There was that capacity to bridge the formal and the informal,” External link

irishexaminer Friday, September 9, 2022 2:39:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "I think, above all else, it is the extraordinary achievement she had of giving such a long service in very, very significant conditions of change, being incredibly well informed, but also maybe I think the exceptional part of it all was combining this sense of formality in duty with a great capacity for connection with the people" External link

RTERadio Friday, September 9, 2022 11:56:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about British ) : "historic State Visit to Ireland in 2011, the first such visit by a British monarch since Irish independence" External link

RTERadio Thursday, September 8, 2022 11:37:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "she did so much through eloquent word and generous gesture to improve relations between our two islands" "The Queen did not shy away from the shadows of the past" External link

RTERadio Thursday, September 8, 2022 11:37:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Queen Elizabeth's Visit was pivotal in laying a firm basis for an authentic and ethical understanding between our countries. During those memorable few days eleven years ago, the Queen did not shy away from the shadows of the past. Her moving words and gestures of respect were deeply appreciated and admired by the people of Ireland and set out a new, forward-looking relationship between our nations one of respect, close partnership, and sincere friendship," "As we offer our condolences to all our neighbours in the United Kingdom, following the loss of a remarkable friend of Ireland, we remember the role Queen Elizabeth played in celebrating the warm and enduring friendship and her great impact on the bonds of mutual understanding, between our two peoples. She will be deeply missed" External link

irishsun Thursday, September 8, 2022 11:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Generations of young people have begun their pathway into farming and related careers in rural development at Gurteen, a place they remember with great appreciation and affection,” External link

agriland Monday, September 5, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : “As is preserving the family farm model, while building up Irish agriculture’s capacity to expand into new markets globally. It is greatly reassuring, therefore, to know that Gurteen College is unafraid to continuously innovate, in order to provide the best agricultural training possible, while staying committed to the essence of what is authentic farming,” External link

agriland Monday, September 5, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “There were internal and external forces who would never allow the radical reforms to come to be,” “He was a man of good instinct who offered hope and who will be rightly remembered by so many for that most human of instincts” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, August 31, 2022 4:15:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Kevin Crowley ) : "Brother Kevin has led an invaluable service that is providing essential food and compassion to those most in need in our capital city. " External link

RTERadio Friday, August 19, 2022 4:07:00 PM EAT

President Higgins stated ( about President Higgins ) : “As President of Ireland, I wish to express my deepest sympathies on the passing of Dillon Quirke,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, August 7, 2022 7:09:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March. " External link

independent-ie Monday, August 1, 2022 5:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March. " External link

RTERadio Monday, August 1, 2022 4:30:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “On behalf of myself and my wife, Sabina, I am delighted, and it is a great privilege to be here again as we launch the All-Ireland Fleadh 2022,” External link

irishtimes Sunday, July 31, 2022 8:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “It is with such fondness that I look back on a visit to Pauline’s studio in Kerry last November,” “Sabina and I were so honoured to have this time with Pauline and her daughters, in the presence of so much of her lifetime’s work – watercolours, tapestries, wall-hangings and sketches, all expressions of what was a unique and original creative talent. "It was there to her studio in Kerry where she always returned and where Pauline spent so many years, between all her travels, with her family while producing works of astonishing artistic brilliance” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, July 29, 2022 6:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Kerry County Council ) : "It is with such fondness that I look back on a visit to Pauline's studio in Kerry last November. Sabina and I were so honoured to have this time with Pauline and her daughters, in the presence of so much of her lifetime’s work - watercolours, tapestries, wall-hangings and sketches, all expressions of what was a unique and original creative talent" External link

RTERadio Friday, July 29, 2022 6:27:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "I met his family the last time I was here before covid, and what a great family they are," "And that's what it's all about, people who are interested in letting their family members develop the excellence that he has" External link

irishmirror Wednesday, July 27, 2022 10:15:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "distinguished and deserved place in our history books" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:58:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "distinguished and deserved place in our history books" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "As President of Ireland, may I congratulate the Irish rugby team, led by their captain Johnny Sexton, on their outstanding and historic achievement today" External link

RTERadio Saturday, July 16, 2022 2:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Joe Barry ) : “As Minster for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, I had the privilege of regularly engaging with Joe and greatly valued his enormous contribution over those years, which had so many highlights that included the hosting of the Eurovision Contest, setting up the Irish Film Board and the launching of RTÉ radio’s 24 hour service in 199 and Lyric FM,” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, July 8, 2022 4:50:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Joe Barry ) : “As Minster for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, I had the privilege of regularly engaging with Joe and greatly valued his enormous contribution over those years, which had so many highlights that included the hosting of the Eurovision Contest, setting up the Irish Film Board and the launching of RTÉ radio’s 24 hour service in 199 [sic] and Lyric FM,” External link

irishexaminer Friday, July 8, 2022 9:53:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “Nothing is more important than that,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 5, 2022 1:52:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “Nothing is more important than that,” External link

maravipost Monday, July 4, 2022 4:21:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added ( about British ) : “He presented a copy of his book on this to me in Áras an Uachtaráin. had the privilege of engaging with Liam many times over the years. Indeed, he was due to visit the Áras again in the coming weeks to present me with a copy of his most recent book, ‘From Suir to Jarama’, which shed light on the story of his cousin Mossie Quinlan, a volunteer in Spain with the British battalion of the International Brigade. It is a great sadness that we will not get the opportunity to have that meeting” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:39:00 PM EAT

President Higgins explained : "There has been an increase of 90 per cent in the homelessness of young people (in Ireland), and there are many cases about it to say that ‘the outlook is getting darker’, in relation to the middle part of this population. " External link

dundalkdemocrat Wednesday, June 15, 2022 1:55:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Let all the county managers and directors of services around the country have a good, long look at what is happening in Wicklow and Kildare, and ask themselves the questions before their next monthly meeting: ‘Why aren’t we doing something similar? What is stopping us?’ He also paid tribute to the Traveller community and Ukrainian refugees within Ireland, as well as all young people throughout Ireland, referring to the latter a ‘a vulnerable but valuable’ asset. Commenting after his speech, Ryan Tubridy thanked President Higgins, adding: " External link

leinsterleader Tuesday, June 14, 2022 8:43:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : "Building homes is what is important. “It is not to be a star performer for the speculative sector internationally" External link

irishmirror Tuesday, June 14, 2022 7:05:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "The neglect of food security issues in Africa, for so long has brought us to a point of crisis that is now having internal and regional effects based on struggles, ways of life themselves," External link

independent-ie Monday, June 13, 2022 9:54:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "The neglect of food security issues in Africa, for so long has brought us to a point of crisis that is now having internal and regional effects based on struggles, ways of life themselves," External link

RTERadio Monday, June 13, 2022 11:28:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “While the first Garden Party of the summer is always a special occasion, this year’s one is a particular pleasure. The Áras Garden Parties, like so many other events across the country, and indeed the world, had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 as we came together as a global community to meet the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sabina and myself are delighted to be able to resume these gatherings this summer and, following in the tradition started by our first President Douglas Hyde, to once again welcome so many of our fellow citizens to come to the Áras and spend an afternoon enjoying its beautiful house and gardens. This year of course marks the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, bringing a special significance to this year’s Bloomsday celebrations. Celebrating Ulysses reminds us of why we must be so grateful to the independent publishers who, like the inspired, committed and innovative Sylvia Beach with James Joyce, provide such a vital service to our society by publishing the good, original, ground breaking, thought provoking, mould shattering and, indeed, often eccentric or idiosyncratic work that moves the world of literature in its diversity and enables the discovery and emergence of new and exciting literary forms and voices. I look forward to joining with our guests today, and indeed all our guests over the coming weeks, in marking the contribution of so many important public initiatives and contributions over the last two years and to have the opportunity of thanking all of them for their continuing work for the benefit of all the citizens in our society” External link

connachttribune Sunday, June 12, 2022 2:26:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Celebrating Ulysses reminds us of why we must be so grateful to the independent publishers who, like the inspired, committed and innovative Sylvia Beach with James Joyce, provide such a vital service to our society by publishing the good, original, ground breaking, thought provoking, mould shattering and, indeed, often eccentric or idiosyncratic work that moves the world of literature in its diversity and enables the discovery and emergence of new and exciting literary forms and voices," External link

RTERadio Sunday, June 12, 2022 1:53:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "The neglect of food security issues in Africa, for so long has brought us to a point of crisis that is now having internal and regional effects based on struggles, ways of life themselves," "The solidarity of us all, as peoples of the world, is owed to all those impacted not only by this horrible event, but in the struggle by the most vulnerable, on whom the consequences of climate change have been inflicted" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, June 7, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “I think they are difficult, I think they are unnecessarily difficult. I wish they weren’t as difficult as they were. "Nobody benefits from it and I think what we should be trying to do is to see our way past current difficulties and I believe that it’s very possible to do that” External link

independent-ie Thursday, June 2, 2022 8:47:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “People throughout Ireland, in her community of Lismore and far beyond to the many places in which she travelled, and they were many, will have been saddened to hear of the death of Dervla Murphy. While known as Ireland’s most famous travel writer, such a description barely captures the fullness and deep understanding captured in her work. Her contribution to writing, and to travel writing in particular, had a unique commitment to the value of human experience in all its diversity". He saluted her 'vital social conscience': "From her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle — which documented her remarkable journey on her bike through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India — to her many works detailing her experiences in locations as varied as Northern Ireland, England, the United States, Russia, Cuba, the Himalayas, the Middle East and across Africa, always an ethical visitor she brought a vital social conscience and respect for those she wrote about. She retained a strong interest in those who were suffering throughout the world even up to recent weeks and brought an insightful perspective to matters of politics, environmentalism and the crucial importance of peace. I would like to send my deepest condolence to her daughter Rachel, with whom she shared so many of her adventures, her grandchildren, and to all her family and friends” External link

irishexaminer Monday, May 23, 2022 8:10:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : "you don't have to be a mad left-wing person to believe that" External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 21, 2022 2:20:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "We have responsibility in relation to migrant welfare. We have a collective responsibility and it's one that must be resourced" External link

RTERadio Friday, May 13, 2022 11:30:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "We have responsibility in relation to migrant welfare. We have a collective responsibility and it's one that must be resourced" External link

RTERadio Friday, May 13, 2022 8:19:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Is it a great success that a multi billionaire would be now deciding what is appropriate for people to exchange in discourse?” External link

thejournal Thursday, May 5, 2022 5:20:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "We recall to memory, and celebrate, the lives of all the workers who have marched, fought, and stood in solidarity with their colleagues, their fellow citizens, and with people all over the world in struggles against injustice, inequality and exclusion. " External link

donegaldemocrat Sunday, May 1, 2022 9:10:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "President Higgins has welcomed @DrPaulColton 's series of pastoral visits this week to mark the centenary of the Bandon Valley killings. As part of a process of ethical remembrance, it is crucial that the voices of all those without exception who were impacted by events are heard" External link

eecho Wednesday, April 27, 2022 1:28:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "it is greatly heartening to see the outpouring of solidarity" External link

RTERadio Saturday, April 16, 2022 4:25:00 PM EAT

President Higgins told : “Spending on culture is investment in citizenship. It has a powerful democratic dividend. Even within the narrowest utilitarian version of economy, it has a huge yield,” External link

independent-ie Thursday, April 7, 2022 12:11:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Today is a very solemn occasion, at which we will give honour and hold in memory those we have lost, as well those who have suffered the absence of an opportunity for final moments shared and who could not release their grief,” External link

thejournal Sunday, March 20, 2022 12:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Our greatest hope for a future of hope and peace springs from the open hearts and doors of those saying ‘tar isteach’, come in,” External link

thejournal Thursday, March 17, 2022 10:14:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “Pete was a close friend of Sabina and myself over many years and it was an honour to host him in Áras an Uachtaráin in June 2019 where he performed his song on environmental awareness, ‘Waltzing on Borrowed Time’. That was reflective of the deep care and concern which Pete had throughout his work in protecting and preserving the vital things in our world,” External link

irishtimes Sunday, March 13, 2022 1:03:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “That we have returned to war, the abuse by the powerful of its neighbour, the flagrant violations of the principals of the United Nations, a great sense of darkness has fallen across the world at the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, March 1, 2022 6:11:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "when puffing out your chest after 100 years, you must also inhale deeply about your failures" External link

RTERadio Monday, February 28, 2022 4:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “As an all-island body, Waterways Ireland is succeeding in its quest to reawaken Ireland’s waterways – they are truly a symbol of vitality in our shared culture and have become more appreciated in recent years. It was gratifying to play a part in this rejuvenation, as Minister with responsibility for our inland waterways in the mid-1990s and more recently as President of Ireland” External link

afloat Friday, February 18, 2022 9:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins told : “When I think of a woman, of a family that comes [to Ireland] in 2006, all those years ago. They worked, had their children, educated them, just as some migrant families do all over the world. As our own families have done across the seas - Irish people as well with their hopes...,” External link

irishtimes Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “It will be as RTÉ’s voice of the west of Ireland that Jim will be most fondly remembered,” External link

connachttribune Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:03:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal,” “I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description” External link

thejournal Tuesday, January 18, 2022 2:13:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal,” “I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description” External link

thejournal Tuesday, January 18, 2022 9:28:00 AM EAT

President Higgins added : "On the occasion of Jim's final day in RTÉ on December 31, 2011, I suggested that every single thing that happened in the west of Ireland - be it political, cultural or international - the first thing people would say to each other was 'have you contacted Jim Fahy?', thus as a politician serving the people of the west of Ireland I had the pleasure of a long association with him" External link

independent-ie Sunday, January 16, 2022 8:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “On the occasion of Jim’s final day in RTÉ on 31 December 2011, I suggested that every single thing that happened in the west of Ireland - be it political, cultural or international – the first thing people would say to each other was ‘have you contacted Jim Fahy?,” External link

irishtimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 5:26:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “The outpouring of grief at the death of Ashling shows how we have all been very touched, and it is so exemplary for young and old, to read of all Ashling’s accomplishments during her short but brilliant and generous life,” External link

independent-ie Friday, January 14, 2022 8:07:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "In a time when the importance of science has perhaps never been more recognised as an important tool in public health, as we continue to deal with a pandemic, a public health emergency, the Young Scientist Awards have an importance in gaining an ever-more necessary awareness of our dependence on science and technology. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 12, 2022 4:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Over the decades, the awards and exhibition have rightly earned their place as an annual highlight in the school calendar, providing opportunities for young people across our country to participate and be inspired by science engagement activities in their schools and homes. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:51:00 AM EAT

President Higgins remarked ( about Mike Ryan ) : “Dr Ryan has rendered an enormous service to global public health over many decades and in doing so has raised the reputation and standing of Ireland. His global leadership on this issue has made all Irish people proud, in the best possible form of contribution to global health without borders” External link

westernpeople Friday, January 7, 2022 1:51:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Dr Ryan has rendered an enormous service to global public health over many decades and in doing so has raised the reputation and standing of Ireland. His global leadership on this issue has made all Irish people proud, in the best possible form of contribution to global health without borders" External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 5, 2022 8:51:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : "Dr Ryan has exhibited extraordinary resolve and focus, promoting the adoption of original, comprehensive and carefully planned strategies to suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus, while balancing the need to ensure the protection of livelihoods and human rights. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 5, 2022 8:51:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "He will be greatly missed not only as a talented woodturner but also a true friend," External link

limerickleader Wednesday, January 5, 2022 6:52:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : “I hope that my doing so will bring a sense of closure to his family following almost 127 years. I commend them for their efforts,” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, December 31, 2021 4:36:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about British ) : “The atrocity that was the sack of Balbriggan has characteristics that are similar in many respects to so many other acts of reprisal violence and collective punishments that were administered by British armed forces during the War of Independence,” “They marked an escalation in terms of their ferocity and were calculated to have a strategic impact on the local community, which Dublin Castle was anxious to claim was having an effect” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, December 28, 2021 11:17:00 AM EAT

President Higgins added : “I am, however, profoundly aware of the many people who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 during 2021, and may I extend to you my deepest sympathies at this difficult time, when we remember them all” External link

irishmirror Friday, December 24, 2021 2:39:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "All of you, in your lived daily lives, have been called upon to play your own part as we faced the challenge of COVID-19. " External link

heart Friday, December 24, 2021 7:07:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Thomas Kinsella ) : "All those with a love of Irish poetry and culture will be saddened to have learned today of the death of Thomas Kinsella, one of Ireland’s finest poets. His reputation at home and abroad was one of being of a school that sought an excellence that did not know borders. " External link

breakingnews-ie Thursday, December 23, 2021 12:09:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “In light of recent developments and new concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with regret that I have made the decision to postpone the State Visit which I was due to undertake to Malta next week. I deeply appreciate the invitation which had been extended to myself and Sabina by President George Vella and his wife Miriam and I greatly value the long established friendships between our two countries. "Taking into account the strengthened domestic measures which the Government has introduced this week to combat COVID-19, following updated WHO and EU guidance and that of its medical advisers, I have concluded that it would be prudent to postpone our visit. "In doing so, I will be joining the Irish people in doing all that we can to collectively combat the spread of the virus. "While I am postponing my visit, I would like to recognise the excellent management of the pandemic in Malta and I look forward to a rearranged visit in due course. President Vella and myself will then have an opportunity to engage on important topics of shared interest including the future of Europe, climate change, the equitable rollout of vaccines globally, and the potential for a common European approach to migration” External link

meathchronicle Friday, December 3, 2021 6:10:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "His outstanding service to the people of this country as an advocate and politician will stand as his proud legacy. It was pleasure and privilege to have worked with him as a colleague in politics," "He will be remembered as a public representative who gave outstanding service to people of the island of Ireland over so many decades" External link

meathchronicle Wednesday, November 10, 2021 2:49:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "His outstanding service to the people of this country as an advocate and politician will stand as his proud legacy. It was pleasure and privilege to have worked with him as a colleague in politics," "He will be remembered as a public representative who gave outstanding service to people of the island of Ireland over so many decades" External link

leinsterleader Wednesday, November 10, 2021 1:44:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “I had the privilege of knowing [Brendan] as a friend,” External link

independent-ie Wednesday, October 20, 2021 4:14:00 PM EAT

President Higgins concluded : “There are many for whom an insightful and twinkling intelligence has left us, but it will endure in the lines of the poems as he wished” External link

thejournal Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:42:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Brendan Kennelly ) : "As a poet, Brendan Kennelly had forged a special place in the affections of the Irish people. He brought so much resonance, insight, and the revelation of the joy of intimacy to the performance of his poems and to gatherings in so many parts of Ireland. He did so with a special charm, wit, energy and passion" External link

RTERadio Monday, October 18, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Brendan Kennelly ) : "As a poet, Brendan Kennelly had forged a special place in the affections of the Irish people. He brought so much resonance, insight, and the revelation of the joy of intimacy to the performance of his poems and to gatherings in so many parts of Ireland. He did so with a special charm, wit, energy and passion" External link

RTERadio Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “A woman of immense talent and one of our most gifted, creative writers, she made a profound and distinctive contribution to our society in terms of literature, diplomacy and above all poetry,” External link

thejournal Sunday, October 17, 2021 8:10:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Tony McMahon ) : “To hear him play Port Na bPúcai, for example, was to feel transported into another world. His commitment to traditional music and to the friendship of his fellow musicians was full of integrity,” “On behalf of Sabina and myself, agus mar Uachtarán na hÉireann on behalf of the people of Ireland, may I send my deepest condolences to Tony’s family and friends, and to the wider music community at home and abroad,” External link

irishtimes Saturday, October 9, 2021 1:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Strategies, and impunity or evasion, that allow any belittling and demeaning those who are of a different gender, religion or ethnic background than the prevailing majority have no place in any organisagtion in a democracy," "It is vitally important that our Defence Forces be inclusive places for men and women, work places which accord to each and every member the dignity and respect that defines a truly ethical workplace, and that enables them to have the confidence to know that their talents and contribution are recognised and that false barriers are not erected on the basis of any perceived differences," External link

RTERadio Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "I was along with citizens across the country, enormously impressed to hear of the courage and generous instinct which saw you rescue Stacey Foley and her daughter Sophie from the River Barrow," External link

RTERadio Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

President Higgins wrote : "That you did so with no thought for your own safety marks you out as one of life's true heroes, and a citizen of whom we can be very proud indeed," External link

irishexaminer Monday, June 14, 2021 11:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “I often wonder, as tourists tramp through the cloisters of abbeys and told of where vespers were sung, will we have tales of where lectures were once given, disputations, brilliant expositions encountered, or books consulted?” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:42:00 AM EAT

President Higgins added : “Gradations of such violence included the control of women over their bodies, the legacy of which lingered on shamefully into modern times, manifesting in the form of Mother and Baby Homes, forced adoptions, ‘marriage bars’ and unequal participation in many aspects of society, including participation in juries in the courts,” External link

irishtimes Friday, May 28, 2021 1:04:00 AM EAT

President Higgins wrote ( about William Wordsworth ) : “As one 80-year-old to another, and as one poet to another, I felt I should share with you my view that the best poem on an 80-year-old is William Wordsworth’s poem ‘Michael’, which deals with the consequences of the enclosures in England in the 18th Century, and their making of a working class of men, women and children for the factory system at the cost of intimate rural life,” “I feel it’s a beautiful work and would love some time to talk to you about it” External link

thejournal Monday, May 24, 2021 11:46:00 PM EAT

President Higgins wrote : “As one 80-year-old to another, and as one poet to another, I felt I should share with you my view that the best poem on an 80-year-old is William Wordsworth’s poem Michael, which deals with the consequences of the enclosures in England in the 18th century, and their making of a working-class of men, women and children for the factory system at the cost of intimate rural life. I feel it’s a beautiful work and would love sometime to talk to you about it,” External link

westernpeople Monday, May 24, 2021 10:13:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "my heart has gone out to those people who have appointments re-scheduled" External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 22, 2021 7:53:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "my heart has gone out to those people who have appointments re-scheduled" External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 22, 2021 5:46:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "my heart has gone out to those people who have appointments re-scheduled" External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Tom Hickey ) : “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey,” External link

carlow-nationalist Sunday, May 2, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Tom Hickey ) : “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey,” External link

westernpeople Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Tom Hickey ) : “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:10:00 AM EAT

President Higgins told : “Who in 2021 can justify the teaching of children separately on the basis of belief? Is it important if you talk about an ethical present and an ambitious future that you deal with it,” External link

belfasttelegraph Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:02:00 AM EAT

President Higgins noted : "we have not all suffered Covid-19 equally,” and Roma and Travellers have been more harshly impacted. He called on all Travellers and members of the Roma community to ensure they avail of the Covid vaccination as it is offered to them. “The emergence of safe, effective and affordable vaccines provides vital hope of overcoming Covid-19. " External link

irishexaminer Friday, April 9, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

President Higgins says : “Any general population, with a concept of citizenship and justice, should be concerned at the significant proportion of their fellow citizens from special groups that are being regularly excluded, generation after generation,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins says : “not all suffered Covid-19 equally” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins wrote : "As a new club, but one built on a solid footballing tradition, you are starting to play a vital role in the enrichment and development of community life, not only in Limerick, but also the wider Mid-West region with players drawn from Clare, Tipperary, Kerry and elsewhere. " External link

limerickleader Tuesday, March 30, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

President Higgins concluded : “I wish you, and all those who form part of the Irish family, and its friends in the families of the world, a happy and peaceful Saint Patrick’s Day” External link

thejournal Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT



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Ryan Tubridy wrote ( about President Higgins ) : “In a last minute but welcome change to our guest list tonight, I’ll be welcoming President Higgins to the show to discuss an extraordinary week” External link

independent-ie Friday, September 9, 2022 6:33:00 PM EAT

President Higgins stated ( about President Higgins ) : “As President of Ireland, I wish to express my deepest sympathies on the passing of Dillon Quirke,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, August 7, 2022 7:09:00 PM EAT

John McGahon said ( about President Higgins ) : “This controversy could easily be resolved if the President just acknowledges that it was wrong for the letter to appear as an official statement on President.ie” External link

independent-ie-regional Tuesday, August 2, 2022 6:18:00 PM EAT

John McGahon said ( about President Higgins ) : “This controversy could easily be resolved if the President just acknowledges that it was wrong for the letter to appear as an official statement on President.ie” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, August 2, 2022 5:44:00 PM EAT

John McGahon said ( about President Higgins ) : “Did the President assist in drafting the letter? Did he ask for it to be published on the website? Did he ask for it be deleted from the website?” External link

carlow-nationalist Tuesday, August 2, 2022 2:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March. " External link

independent-ie Monday, August 1, 2022 5:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March. " External link

RTERadio Monday, August 1, 2022 4:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Conway said ( about President Higgins ) : “I believe that President Higgins has a duty to explain why the letter was posted on President.ie , and why it was subsequently removed from the website. He also needs to make a clear and unambiguous statement supporting the Government position on Ukraine” External link

irishtimes Monday, August 1, 2022 3:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Conway said ( about President Higgins ) : ”I believe that President Higgins has a duty to explain why the letter was posted on President.ie, and why it was subsequently removed from the website. He also needs to make a clear and unambiguous statement supporting the Government position on Ukraine” External link

irishtimes Sunday, July 31, 2022 10:32:00 PM EAT

Akinwumi Adesina said ( about President Higgins ) : “President Higgins so warmly received me. He has a heart and passion for Africa. He told me: ‘You are doing such an incredible job for Africa with your leadership in running the African Development Bank. I am inspired by your vision.’” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 5, 2022 1:52:00 AM EAT

Akinwumi Adesina said ( about President Higgins ) : “President Higgins so warmly received me. He has a heart and passion for Africa. He told me: ‘You are doing such an incredible job for Africa with your leadership in running the African Development Bank. I am inspired by your vision.’” External link

maravipost Monday, July 4, 2022 4:21:00 PM EAT

Mr O Brien said ( about President Higgins ) : "I'm not going to debate issues with the President. I respect him, I respect the office and I respect the long standing tradition between the Government and the President. " External link

RTERadio Tuesday, June 21, 2022 5:53:00 PM EAT

Mr Martin said ( about President Higgins ) : "I'm not getting into a debate with the President. The constitutional framework doesn't allow for that and I don't think it would be appropriate" External link

RTERadio Sunday, June 19, 2022 7:34:00 PM EAT

Mr Martin said ( about President Higgins ) : “It is not appropriate for me to engage in any debate with the President nor do I intend to do so” External link

irishmirror Wednesday, June 15, 2022 4:46:00 PM EAT

Tim Cullinan added ( about President Higgins ) : “Retailers should also respond to the President’s comments. Retailers like to tell us about their Corporate Responsibility Programmes, but the reality is they use artificially-priced food as a loss leader to draw in footfall without consideration of the consequences,” External link

kilkennypeople Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:26:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "President Higgins has welcomed @DrPaulColton 's series of pastoral visits this week to mark the centenary of the Bandon Valley killings. As part of a process of ethical remembrance, it is crucial that the voices of all those without exception who were impacted by events are heard" External link

eecho Wednesday, April 27, 2022 1:28:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “As an all-island body, Waterways Ireland is succeeding in its quest to reawaken Ireland’s waterways – they are truly a symbol of vitality in our shared culture and have become more appreciated in recent years. It was gratifying to play a part in this rejuvenation, as Minister with responsibility for our inland waterways in the mid-1990s and more recently as President of Ireland” External link

afloat Friday, February 18, 2022 9:57:00 PM EAT

Mr O Sullivan said ( about President Higgins ) : “We did a virtual commemoration last year but we are thrilled to be able to do it in person this year,” “It’s a great honour to have President Higgins attend but even more so for the men who died” External link

eecho Thursday, February 3, 2022 11:14:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal,” “I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description” External link

thejournal Tuesday, January 18, 2022 2:13:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal,” “I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description” External link

thejournal Tuesday, January 18, 2022 9:28:00 AM EAT

Helen McEntee said ( about President Higgins ) : “The granting of a Presidential pardon is a rare occurrence and a very high bar must be reached for consideration to be given by Government to make such a recommendation to the President,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, December 1, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

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President Higgins said : "We must not allow the shadows which we are living under to defeat what are our best hopes, agreements which have such an intergenerational appeal, particularly among young people," "We are now at a point where world leaders and our global institutions themselves must strongly consider how they can operate in order to ensure that the sustainable development goals are delivered effectively" External link

irishexaminer Sunday, September 25, 2022 2:50:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “The meeting this week in New York will seek again to avoid dealing with structural issues and the structural issues are: dependency on a few staples over which people have no control, export crops over which they have no control, speculation on the exchange in relation to grain itself,” External link

thejournal Thursday, September 22, 2022 4:44:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "It's wonderful to be back," External link

leinsterexpress Wednesday, September 21, 2022 3:02:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “It is a disgrace to have below-cost selling,” “How can you say you respect the production of food if you allow people to do indulgent below-cost selling” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins commented : “Farming, farm families and farming communities are an incredibly important part of not just Ireland’s past, but Ireland’s future,” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins remarked : “There is enough food in the world, but it is part of the speculative system. The humanitarian response is important but it is insufficient,” “It is always the tough thing to say: Have you the courage to say to the world ‘do your economics differently, respect your planet differently and put people first’,” External link

agriland Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Year after year, the United Nations avoids dealing with the structural issues that are standing behind the food crisis. We had an immense food crisis 15 years ago in 2007 and yet in 2020 we allowed food to be part of the futures market on the stock exchange, we speculate on the food that is necessary to stop people starving. " External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, September 20, 2022 6:31:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Irish independence is why we’re here. So, the idea of somebody standing in front of a monument to those who fought for independence and separation from the empire was a very significant statement. As was the statement in relation to the Irish language,” External link

independent-ie Saturday, September 10, 2022 2:49:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “There isn't any point to pretending anything. And empire led to domination and then to dispossession and the colonisation of the ‘lesser’,” External link

independent-ie Saturday, September 10, 2022 2:49:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "I think, above all else, it is the extraordinary achievement she had of giving such a long service in very, very significant conditions of change, being incredibly well informed, but also maybe I think the exceptional part of it all was combining this sense of formality in duty with a great capacity for connection with the people" External link

RTERadio Friday, September 9, 2022 8:31:00 PM EAT

President Higgins wrote : “During those memorable few days eleven years ago, the queen did not shy away from the shadows of the past,” External link

aljazeera-en Friday, September 9, 2022 4:47:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “There was that capacity to bridge the formal and the informal,” External link

irishexaminer Friday, September 9, 2022 2:39:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "I think, above all else, it is the extraordinary achievement she had of giving such a long service in very, very significant conditions of change, being incredibly well informed, but also maybe I think the exceptional part of it all was combining this sense of formality in duty with a great capacity for connection with the people" External link

RTERadio Friday, September 9, 2022 11:56:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about British ) : "historic State Visit to Ireland in 2011, the first such visit by a British monarch since Irish independence" External link

RTERadio Thursday, September 8, 2022 11:37:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "she did so much through eloquent word and generous gesture to improve relations between our two islands" "The Queen did not shy away from the shadows of the past" External link

RTERadio Thursday, September 8, 2022 11:37:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Queen Elizabeth's Visit was pivotal in laying a firm basis for an authentic and ethical understanding between our countries. During those memorable few days eleven years ago, the Queen did not shy away from the shadows of the past. Her moving words and gestures of respect were deeply appreciated and admired by the people of Ireland and set out a new, forward-looking relationship between our nations one of respect, close partnership, and sincere friendship," "As we offer our condolences to all our neighbours in the United Kingdom, following the loss of a remarkable friend of Ireland, we remember the role Queen Elizabeth played in celebrating the warm and enduring friendship and her great impact on the bonds of mutual understanding, between our two peoples. She will be deeply missed" External link

irishsun Thursday, September 8, 2022 11:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Generations of young people have begun their pathway into farming and related careers in rural development at Gurteen, a place they remember with great appreciation and affection,” External link

agriland Monday, September 5, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : “As is preserving the family farm model, while building up Irish agriculture’s capacity to expand into new markets globally. It is greatly reassuring, therefore, to know that Gurteen College is unafraid to continuously innovate, in order to provide the best agricultural training possible, while staying committed to the essence of what is authentic farming,” External link

agriland Monday, September 5, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “There were internal and external forces who would never allow the radical reforms to come to be,” “He was a man of good instinct who offered hope and who will be rightly remembered by so many for that most human of instincts” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, August 31, 2022 4:15:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Kevin Crowley ) : "Brother Kevin has led an invaluable service that is providing essential food and compassion to those most in need in our capital city. " External link

RTERadio Friday, August 19, 2022 4:07:00 PM EAT

President Higgins stated ( about President Higgins ) : “As President of Ireland, I wish to express my deepest sympathies on the passing of Dillon Quirke,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, August 7, 2022 7:09:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March. " External link

independent-ie Monday, August 1, 2022 5:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March. " External link

RTERadio Monday, August 1, 2022 4:30:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “On behalf of myself and my wife, Sabina, I am delighted, and it is a great privilege to be here again as we launch the All-Ireland Fleadh 2022,” External link

irishtimes Sunday, July 31, 2022 8:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “It is with such fondness that I look back on a visit to Pauline’s studio in Kerry last November,” “Sabina and I were so honoured to have this time with Pauline and her daughters, in the presence of so much of her lifetime’s work – watercolours, tapestries, wall-hangings and sketches, all expressions of what was a unique and original creative talent. "It was there to her studio in Kerry where she always returned and where Pauline spent so many years, between all her travels, with her family while producing works of astonishing artistic brilliance” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, July 29, 2022 6:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Kerry County Council ) : "It is with such fondness that I look back on a visit to Pauline's studio in Kerry last November. Sabina and I were so honoured to have this time with Pauline and her daughters, in the presence of so much of her lifetime’s work - watercolours, tapestries, wall-hangings and sketches, all expressions of what was a unique and original creative talent" External link

RTERadio Friday, July 29, 2022 6:27:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "I met his family the last time I was here before covid, and what a great family they are," "And that's what it's all about, people who are interested in letting their family members develop the excellence that he has" External link

irishmirror Wednesday, July 27, 2022 10:15:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "distinguished and deserved place in our history books" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:58:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "distinguished and deserved place in our history books" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "As President of Ireland, may I congratulate the Irish rugby team, led by their captain Johnny Sexton, on their outstanding and historic achievement today" External link

RTERadio Saturday, July 16, 2022 2:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Joe Barry ) : “As Minster for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, I had the privilege of regularly engaging with Joe and greatly valued his enormous contribution over those years, which had so many highlights that included the hosting of the Eurovision Contest, setting up the Irish Film Board and the launching of RTÉ radio’s 24 hour service in 199 and Lyric FM,” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, July 8, 2022 4:50:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Joe Barry ) : “As Minster for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, I had the privilege of regularly engaging with Joe and greatly valued his enormous contribution over those years, which had so many highlights that included the hosting of the Eurovision Contest, setting up the Irish Film Board and the launching of RTÉ radio’s 24 hour service in 199 [sic] and Lyric FM,” External link

irishexaminer Friday, July 8, 2022 9:53:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “Nothing is more important than that,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 5, 2022 1:52:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “Nothing is more important than that,” External link

maravipost Monday, July 4, 2022 4:21:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added ( about British ) : “He presented a copy of his book on this to me in Áras an Uachtaráin. had the privilege of engaging with Liam many times over the years. Indeed, he was due to visit the Áras again in the coming weeks to present me with a copy of his most recent book, ‘From Suir to Jarama’, which shed light on the story of his cousin Mossie Quinlan, a volunteer in Spain with the British battalion of the International Brigade. It is a great sadness that we will not get the opportunity to have that meeting” External link

waterford-news Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:39:00 PM EAT

President Higgins explained : "There has been an increase of 90 per cent in the homelessness of young people (in Ireland), and there are many cases about it to say that ‘the outlook is getting darker’, in relation to the middle part of this population. " External link

dundalkdemocrat Wednesday, June 15, 2022 1:55:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Let all the county managers and directors of services around the country have a good, long look at what is happening in Wicklow and Kildare, and ask themselves the questions before their next monthly meeting: ‘Why aren’t we doing something similar? What is stopping us?’ He also paid tribute to the Traveller community and Ukrainian refugees within Ireland, as well as all young people throughout Ireland, referring to the latter a ‘a vulnerable but valuable’ asset. Commenting after his speech, Ryan Tubridy thanked President Higgins, adding: " External link

leinsterleader Tuesday, June 14, 2022 8:43:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : "Building homes is what is important. “It is not to be a star performer for the speculative sector internationally" External link

irishmirror Tuesday, June 14, 2022 7:05:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "The neglect of food security issues in Africa, for so long has brought us to a point of crisis that is now having internal and regional effects based on struggles, ways of life themselves," External link

independent-ie Monday, June 13, 2022 9:54:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "The neglect of food security issues in Africa, for so long has brought us to a point of crisis that is now having internal and regional effects based on struggles, ways of life themselves," External link

RTERadio Monday, June 13, 2022 11:28:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “While the first Garden Party of the summer is always a special occasion, this year’s one is a particular pleasure. The Áras Garden Parties, like so many other events across the country, and indeed the world, had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 as we came together as a global community to meet the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sabina and myself are delighted to be able to resume these gatherings this summer and, following in the tradition started by our first President Douglas Hyde, to once again welcome so many of our fellow citizens to come to the Áras and spend an afternoon enjoying its beautiful house and gardens. This year of course marks the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, bringing a special significance to this year’s Bloomsday celebrations. Celebrating Ulysses reminds us of why we must be so grateful to the independent publishers who, like the inspired, committed and innovative Sylvia Beach with James Joyce, provide such a vital service to our society by publishing the good, original, ground breaking, thought provoking, mould shattering and, indeed, often eccentric or idiosyncratic work that moves the world of literature in its diversity and enables the discovery and emergence of new and exciting literary forms and voices. I look forward to joining with our guests today, and indeed all our guests over the coming weeks, in marking the contribution of so many important public initiatives and contributions over the last two years and to have the opportunity of thanking all of them for their continuing work for the benefit of all the citizens in our society” External link

connachttribune Sunday, June 12, 2022 2:26:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Celebrating Ulysses reminds us of why we must be so grateful to the independent publishers who, like the inspired, committed and innovative Sylvia Beach with James Joyce, provide such a vital service to our society by publishing the good, original, ground breaking, thought provoking, mould shattering and, indeed, often eccentric or idiosyncratic work that moves the world of literature in its diversity and enables the discovery and emergence of new and exciting literary forms and voices," External link

RTERadio Sunday, June 12, 2022 1:53:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "The neglect of food security issues in Africa, for so long has brought us to a point of crisis that is now having internal and regional effects based on struggles, ways of life themselves," "The solidarity of us all, as peoples of the world, is owed to all those impacted not only by this horrible event, but in the struggle by the most vulnerable, on whom the consequences of climate change have been inflicted" External link

RTERadio Tuesday, June 7, 2022 7:41:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “I think they are difficult, I think they are unnecessarily difficult. I wish they weren’t as difficult as they were. "Nobody benefits from it and I think what we should be trying to do is to see our way past current difficulties and I believe that it’s very possible to do that” External link

independent-ie Thursday, June 2, 2022 8:47:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “People throughout Ireland, in her community of Lismore and far beyond to the many places in which she travelled, and they were many, will have been saddened to hear of the death of Dervla Murphy. While known as Ireland’s most famous travel writer, such a description barely captures the fullness and deep understanding captured in her work. Her contribution to writing, and to travel writing in particular, had a unique commitment to the value of human experience in all its diversity". He saluted her 'vital social conscience': "From her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle — which documented her remarkable journey on her bike through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India — to her many works detailing her experiences in locations as varied as Northern Ireland, England, the United States, Russia, Cuba, the Himalayas, the Middle East and across Africa, always an ethical visitor she brought a vital social conscience and respect for those she wrote about. She retained a strong interest in those who were suffering throughout the world even up to recent weeks and brought an insightful perspective to matters of politics, environmentalism and the crucial importance of peace. I would like to send my deepest condolence to her daughter Rachel, with whom she shared so many of her adventures, her grandchildren, and to all her family and friends” External link

irishexaminer Monday, May 23, 2022 8:10:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : "you don't have to be a mad left-wing person to believe that" External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 21, 2022 2:20:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "We have responsibility in relation to migrant welfare. We have a collective responsibility and it's one that must be resourced" External link

RTERadio Friday, May 13, 2022 11:30:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "We have responsibility in relation to migrant welfare. We have a collective responsibility and it's one that must be resourced" External link

RTERadio Friday, May 13, 2022 8:19:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Is it a great success that a multi billionaire would be now deciding what is appropriate for people to exchange in discourse?” External link

thejournal Thursday, May 5, 2022 5:20:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "We recall to memory, and celebrate, the lives of all the workers who have marched, fought, and stood in solidarity with their colleagues, their fellow citizens, and with people all over the world in struggles against injustice, inequality and exclusion. " External link

donegaldemocrat Sunday, May 1, 2022 9:10:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "President Higgins has welcomed @DrPaulColton 's series of pastoral visits this week to mark the centenary of the Bandon Valley killings. As part of a process of ethical remembrance, it is crucial that the voices of all those without exception who were impacted by events are heard" External link

eecho Wednesday, April 27, 2022 1:28:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "it is greatly heartening to see the outpouring of solidarity" External link

RTERadio Saturday, April 16, 2022 4:25:00 PM EAT

President Higgins told : “Spending on culture is investment in citizenship. It has a powerful democratic dividend. Even within the narrowest utilitarian version of economy, it has a huge yield,” External link

independent-ie Thursday, April 7, 2022 12:11:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Today is a very solemn occasion, at which we will give honour and hold in memory those we have lost, as well those who have suffered the absence of an opportunity for final moments shared and who could not release their grief,” External link

thejournal Sunday, March 20, 2022 12:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “Our greatest hope for a future of hope and peace springs from the open hearts and doors of those saying ‘tar isteach’, come in,” External link

thejournal Thursday, March 17, 2022 10:14:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “Pete was a close friend of Sabina and myself over many years and it was an honour to host him in Áras an Uachtaráin in June 2019 where he performed his song on environmental awareness, ‘Waltzing on Borrowed Time’. That was reflective of the deep care and concern which Pete had throughout his work in protecting and preserving the vital things in our world,” External link

irishtimes Sunday, March 13, 2022 1:03:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “That we have returned to war, the abuse by the powerful of its neighbour, the flagrant violations of the principals of the United Nations, a great sense of darkness has fallen across the world at the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, March 1, 2022 6:11:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "when puffing out your chest after 100 years, you must also inhale deeply about your failures" External link

RTERadio Monday, February 28, 2022 4:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “As an all-island body, Waterways Ireland is succeeding in its quest to reawaken Ireland’s waterways – they are truly a symbol of vitality in our shared culture and have become more appreciated in recent years. It was gratifying to play a part in this rejuvenation, as Minister with responsibility for our inland waterways in the mid-1990s and more recently as President of Ireland” External link

afloat Friday, February 18, 2022 9:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins told : “When I think of a woman, of a family that comes [to Ireland] in 2006, all those years ago. They worked, had their children, educated them, just as some migrant families do all over the world. As our own families have done across the seas - Irish people as well with their hopes...,” External link

irishtimes Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “It will be as RTÉ’s voice of the west of Ireland that Jim will be most fondly remembered,” External link

connachttribune Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:03:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal,” “I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description” External link

thejournal Tuesday, January 18, 2022 2:13:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal,” “I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description” External link

thejournal Tuesday, January 18, 2022 9:28:00 AM EAT

President Higgins added : "On the occasion of Jim's final day in RTÉ on December 31, 2011, I suggested that every single thing that happened in the west of Ireland - be it political, cultural or international - the first thing people would say to each other was 'have you contacted Jim Fahy?', thus as a politician serving the people of the west of Ireland I had the pleasure of a long association with him" External link

independent-ie Sunday, January 16, 2022 8:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “On the occasion of Jim’s final day in RTÉ on 31 December 2011, I suggested that every single thing that happened in the west of Ireland - be it political, cultural or international – the first thing people would say to each other was ‘have you contacted Jim Fahy?,” External link

irishtimes Saturday, January 15, 2022 5:26:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “The outpouring of grief at the death of Ashling shows how we have all been very touched, and it is so exemplary for young and old, to read of all Ashling’s accomplishments during her short but brilliant and generous life,” External link

independent-ie Friday, January 14, 2022 8:07:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "In a time when the importance of science has perhaps never been more recognised as an important tool in public health, as we continue to deal with a pandemic, a public health emergency, the Young Scientist Awards have an importance in gaining an ever-more necessary awareness of our dependence on science and technology. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 12, 2022 4:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Over the decades, the awards and exhibition have rightly earned their place as an annual highlight in the school calendar, providing opportunities for young people across our country to participate and be inspired by science engagement activities in their schools and homes. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:51:00 AM EAT

President Higgins remarked ( about Mike Ryan ) : “Dr Ryan has rendered an enormous service to global public health over many decades and in doing so has raised the reputation and standing of Ireland. His global leadership on this issue has made all Irish people proud, in the best possible form of contribution to global health without borders” External link

westernpeople Friday, January 7, 2022 1:51:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Dr Ryan has rendered an enormous service to global public health over many decades and in doing so has raised the reputation and standing of Ireland. His global leadership on this issue has made all Irish people proud, in the best possible form of contribution to global health without borders" External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 5, 2022 8:51:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : "Dr Ryan has exhibited extraordinary resolve and focus, promoting the adoption of original, comprehensive and carefully planned strategies to suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus, while balancing the need to ensure the protection of livelihoods and human rights. " External link

RTERadio Wednesday, January 5, 2022 8:51:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "He will be greatly missed not only as a talented woodturner but also a true friend," External link

limerickleader Wednesday, January 5, 2022 6:52:00 PM EAT

President Higgins added : “I hope that my doing so will bring a sense of closure to his family following almost 127 years. I commend them for their efforts,” External link

independent-ie-regional Friday, December 31, 2021 4:36:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about British ) : “The atrocity that was the sack of Balbriggan has characteristics that are similar in many respects to so many other acts of reprisal violence and collective punishments that were administered by British armed forces during the War of Independence,” “They marked an escalation in terms of their ferocity and were calculated to have a strategic impact on the local community, which Dublin Castle was anxious to claim was having an effect” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, December 28, 2021 11:17:00 AM EAT

President Higgins added : “I am, however, profoundly aware of the many people who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 during 2021, and may I extend to you my deepest sympathies at this difficult time, when we remember them all” External link

irishmirror Friday, December 24, 2021 2:39:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "All of you, in your lived daily lives, have been called upon to play your own part as we faced the challenge of COVID-19. " External link

heart Friday, December 24, 2021 7:07:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Thomas Kinsella ) : "All those with a love of Irish poetry and culture will be saddened to have learned today of the death of Thomas Kinsella, one of Ireland’s finest poets. His reputation at home and abroad was one of being of a school that sought an excellence that did not know borders. " External link

breakingnews-ie Thursday, December 23, 2021 12:09:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : “In light of recent developments and new concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with regret that I have made the decision to postpone the State Visit which I was due to undertake to Malta next week. I deeply appreciate the invitation which had been extended to myself and Sabina by President George Vella and his wife Miriam and I greatly value the long established friendships between our two countries. "Taking into account the strengthened domestic measures which the Government has introduced this week to combat COVID-19, following updated WHO and EU guidance and that of its medical advisers, I have concluded that it would be prudent to postpone our visit. "In doing so, I will be joining the Irish people in doing all that we can to collectively combat the spread of the virus. "While I am postponing my visit, I would like to recognise the excellent management of the pandemic in Malta and I look forward to a rearranged visit in due course. President Vella and myself will then have an opportunity to engage on important topics of shared interest including the future of Europe, climate change, the equitable rollout of vaccines globally, and the potential for a common European approach to migration” External link

meathchronicle Friday, December 3, 2021 6:10:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "His outstanding service to the people of this country as an advocate and politician will stand as his proud legacy. It was pleasure and privilege to have worked with him as a colleague in politics," "He will be remembered as a public representative who gave outstanding service to people of the island of Ireland over so many decades" External link

meathchronicle Wednesday, November 10, 2021 2:49:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "His outstanding service to the people of this country as an advocate and politician will stand as his proud legacy. It was pleasure and privilege to have worked with him as a colleague in politics," "He will be remembered as a public representative who gave outstanding service to people of the island of Ireland over so many decades" External link

leinsterleader Wednesday, November 10, 2021 1:44:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “I had the privilege of knowing [Brendan] as a friend,” External link

independent-ie Wednesday, October 20, 2021 4:14:00 PM EAT

President Higgins concluded : “There are many for whom an insightful and twinkling intelligence has left us, but it will endure in the lines of the poems as he wished” External link

thejournal Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:42:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Brendan Kennelly ) : "As a poet, Brendan Kennelly had forged a special place in the affections of the Irish people. He brought so much resonance, insight, and the revelation of the joy of intimacy to the performance of his poems and to gatherings in so many parts of Ireland. He did so with a special charm, wit, energy and passion" External link

RTERadio Monday, October 18, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Brendan Kennelly ) : "As a poet, Brendan Kennelly had forged a special place in the affections of the Irish people. He brought so much resonance, insight, and the revelation of the joy of intimacy to the performance of his poems and to gatherings in so many parts of Ireland. He did so with a special charm, wit, energy and passion" External link

RTERadio Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:36:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “A woman of immense talent and one of our most gifted, creative writers, she made a profound and distinctive contribution to our society in terms of literature, diplomacy and above all poetry,” External link

thejournal Sunday, October 17, 2021 8:10:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Tony McMahon ) : “To hear him play Port Na bPúcai, for example, was to feel transported into another world. His commitment to traditional music and to the friendship of his fellow musicians was full of integrity,” “On behalf of Sabina and myself, agus mar Uachtarán na hÉireann on behalf of the people of Ireland, may I send my deepest condolences to Tony’s family and friends, and to the wider music community at home and abroad,” External link

irishtimes Saturday, October 9, 2021 1:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "Strategies, and impunity or evasion, that allow any belittling and demeaning those who are of a different gender, religion or ethnic background than the prevailing majority have no place in any organisagtion in a democracy," "It is vitally important that our Defence Forces be inclusive places for men and women, work places which accord to each and every member the dignity and respect that defines a truly ethical workplace, and that enables them to have the confidence to know that their talents and contribution are recognised and that false barriers are not erected on the basis of any perceived differences," External link

RTERadio Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said : "I was along with citizens across the country, enormously impressed to hear of the courage and generous instinct which saw you rescue Stacey Foley and her daughter Sophie from the River Barrow," External link

RTERadio Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

President Higgins wrote : "That you did so with no thought for your own safety marks you out as one of life's true heroes, and a citizen of whom we can be very proud indeed," External link

irishexaminer Monday, June 14, 2021 11:57:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : “I often wonder, as tourists tramp through the cloisters of abbeys and told of where vespers were sung, will we have tales of where lectures were once given, disputations, brilliant expositions encountered, or books consulted?” External link

irishtimes Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:42:00 AM EAT

President Higgins added : “Gradations of such violence included the control of women over their bodies, the legacy of which lingered on shamefully into modern times, manifesting in the form of Mother and Baby Homes, forced adoptions, ‘marriage bars’ and unequal participation in many aspects of society, including participation in juries in the courts,” External link

irishtimes Friday, May 28, 2021 1:04:00 AM EAT

President Higgins wrote ( about William Wordsworth ) : “As one 80-year-old to another, and as one poet to another, I felt I should share with you my view that the best poem on an 80-year-old is William Wordsworth’s poem ‘Michael’, which deals with the consequences of the enclosures in England in the 18th Century, and their making of a working class of men, women and children for the factory system at the cost of intimate rural life,” “I feel it’s a beautiful work and would love some time to talk to you about it” External link

thejournal Monday, May 24, 2021 11:46:00 PM EAT

President Higgins wrote : “As one 80-year-old to another, and as one poet to another, I felt I should share with you my view that the best poem on an 80-year-old is William Wordsworth’s poem Michael, which deals with the consequences of the enclosures in England in the 18th century, and their making of a working-class of men, women and children for the factory system at the cost of intimate rural life. I feel it’s a beautiful work and would love sometime to talk to you about it,” External link

westernpeople Monday, May 24, 2021 10:13:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "my heart has gone out to those people who have appointments re-scheduled" External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 22, 2021 7:53:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "my heart has gone out to those people who have appointments re-scheduled" External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 22, 2021 5:46:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said : "my heart has gone out to those people who have appointments re-scheduled" External link

RTERadio Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Tom Hickey ) : “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey,” External link

carlow-nationalist Sunday, May 2, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Tom Hickey ) : “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey,” External link

westernpeople Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about Tom Hickey ) : “It is with great sadness that Sabina and I learned of the death of Tom Hickey,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:10:00 AM EAT

President Higgins told : “Who in 2021 can justify the teaching of children separately on the basis of belief? Is it important if you talk about an ethical present and an ambitious future that you deal with it,” External link

belfasttelegraph Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:02:00 AM EAT

President Higgins noted : "we have not all suffered Covid-19 equally,” and Roma and Travellers have been more harshly impacted. He called on all Travellers and members of the Roma community to ensure they avail of the Covid vaccination as it is offered to them. “The emergence of safe, effective and affordable vaccines provides vital hope of overcoming Covid-19. " External link

irishexaminer Friday, April 9, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

President Higgins says : “Any general population, with a concept of citizenship and justice, should be concerned at the significant proportion of their fellow citizens from special groups that are being regularly excluded, generation after generation,” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins says : “not all suffered Covid-19 equally” External link

thejournal Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins wrote : "As a new club, but one built on a solid footballing tradition, you are starting to play a vital role in the enrichment and development of community life, not only in Limerick, but also the wider Mid-West region with players drawn from Clare, Tipperary, Kerry and elsewhere. " External link

limerickleader Tuesday, March 30, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

President Higgins concluded : “I wish you, and all those who form part of the Irish family, and its friends in the families of the world, a happy and peaceful Saint Patrick’s Day” External link

thejournal Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT



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Ryan Tubridy wrote ( about President Higgins ) : “In a last minute but welcome change to our guest list tonight, I’ll be welcoming President Higgins to the show to discuss an extraordinary week” External link

independent-ie Friday, September 9, 2022 6:33:00 PM EAT

President Higgins stated ( about President Higgins ) : “As President of Ireland, I wish to express my deepest sympathies on the passing of Dillon Quirke,” External link

irishexaminer Sunday, August 7, 2022 7:09:00 PM EAT

John McGahon said ( about President Higgins ) : “This controversy could easily be resolved if the President just acknowledges that it was wrong for the letter to appear as an official statement on President.ie” External link

independent-ie-regional Tuesday, August 2, 2022 6:18:00 PM EAT

John McGahon said ( about President Higgins ) : “This controversy could easily be resolved if the President just acknowledges that it was wrong for the letter to appear as an official statement on President.ie” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, August 2, 2022 5:44:00 PM EAT

John McGahon said ( about President Higgins ) : “Did the President assist in drafting the letter? Did he ask for it to be published on the website? Did he ask for it be deleted from the website?” External link

carlow-nationalist Tuesday, August 2, 2022 2:40:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March. " External link

independent-ie Monday, August 1, 2022 5:56:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March. " External link

RTERadio Monday, August 1, 2022 4:30:00 PM EAT

Martin Conway said ( about President Higgins ) : “I believe that President Higgins has a duty to explain why the letter was posted on President.ie , and why it was subsequently removed from the website. He also needs to make a clear and unambiguous statement supporting the Government position on Ukraine” External link

irishtimes Monday, August 1, 2022 3:54:00 PM EAT

Martin Conway said ( about President Higgins ) : ”I believe that President Higgins has a duty to explain why the letter was posted on President.ie, and why it was subsequently removed from the website. He also needs to make a clear and unambiguous statement supporting the Government position on Ukraine” External link

irishtimes Sunday, July 31, 2022 10:32:00 PM EAT

Akinwumi Adesina said ( about President Higgins ) : “President Higgins so warmly received me. He has a heart and passion for Africa. He told me: ‘You are doing such an incredible job for Africa with your leadership in running the African Development Bank. I am inspired by your vision.’” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 5, 2022 1:52:00 AM EAT

Akinwumi Adesina said ( about President Higgins ) : “President Higgins so warmly received me. He has a heart and passion for Africa. He told me: ‘You are doing such an incredible job for Africa with your leadership in running the African Development Bank. I am inspired by your vision.’” External link

maravipost Monday, July 4, 2022 4:21:00 PM EAT

Mr O Brien said ( about President Higgins ) : "I'm not going to debate issues with the President. I respect him, I respect the office and I respect the long standing tradition between the Government and the President. " External link

RTERadio Tuesday, June 21, 2022 5:53:00 PM EAT

Mr Martin said ( about President Higgins ) : "I'm not getting into a debate with the President. The constitutional framework doesn't allow for that and I don't think it would be appropriate" External link

RTERadio Sunday, June 19, 2022 7:34:00 PM EAT

Mr Martin said ( about President Higgins ) : “It is not appropriate for me to engage in any debate with the President nor do I intend to do so” External link

irishmirror Wednesday, June 15, 2022 4:46:00 PM EAT

Tim Cullinan added ( about President Higgins ) : “Retailers should also respond to the President’s comments. Retailers like to tell us about their Corporate Responsibility Programmes, but the reality is they use artificially-priced food as a loss leader to draw in footfall without consideration of the consequences,” External link

kilkennypeople Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:26:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : "President Higgins has welcomed @DrPaulColton 's series of pastoral visits this week to mark the centenary of the Bandon Valley killings. As part of a process of ethical remembrance, it is crucial that the voices of all those without exception who were impacted by events are heard" External link

eecho Wednesday, April 27, 2022 1:28:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “As an all-island body, Waterways Ireland is succeeding in its quest to reawaken Ireland’s waterways – they are truly a symbol of vitality in our shared culture and have become more appreciated in recent years. It was gratifying to play a part in this rejuvenation, as Minister with responsibility for our inland waterways in the mid-1990s and more recently as President of Ireland” External link

afloat Friday, February 18, 2022 9:57:00 PM EAT

Mr O Sullivan said ( about President Higgins ) : “We did a virtual commemoration last year but we are thrilled to be able to do it in person this year,” “It’s a great honour to have President Higgins attend but even more so for the men who died” External link

eecho Thursday, February 3, 2022 11:14:00 AM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal,” “I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description” External link

thejournal Tuesday, January 18, 2022 2:13:00 PM EAT

President Higgins said ( about President Higgins ) : “I spoke to Ashling’s family to convey, as President on behalf of the people of Ireland, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as parents, my profound sympathy and sorrow and sense of loss that her tragic death has meant to so many, but what in particular it must mean to her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal,” “I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, families, indeed all of the people of Ireland are thinking of the Murphy family at this very sad time. The loss of Ashling is a loss to all of us, but to her family it is beyond description” External link

thejournal Tuesday, January 18, 2022 9:28:00 AM EAT

Helen McEntee said ( about President Higgins ) : “The granting of a Presidential pardon is a rare occurrence and a very high bar must be reached for consideration to be given by Government to make such a recommendation to the President,” External link

thejournal Wednesday, December 1, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT