President Michael D Higgins

  • Large crowds are expected at Galway Cathedral this afternoon for the installation of Brendan Kelly as Bishop of Galway. He was formally the Bishop of Achonry.

    Among those in attendance today will be his family and friends, representatives from church groups across the diocese and public representatives , including President Michael D. Higgins.

    A Derrybrien native, Brendan Kelly will become the Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora at a 3pm Mass in Galway Cathedral this afternoon..

    A letter from Pope Francis will be read by Canon Michael McLoughlin at the opening of the ceremony, which will also involve the Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary and the retired Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan.

    The Cathedral choir will perform music for the ceremony.

    Following the ceremony, Bishop Kelly will proceed outside the Cathedral for an informal reception where he will meet members of the congregation.

  • The results of the Mayo count in the Presidential election are in this evening. 
    Total Poll was 42,027 and spoiled votes totalled 593
    The following is the result: 
    Casey 12,850
    Duffy 937
    Freeman 2,663
    Gallagher 2,235 
    Higgins 20,642
    Ni Riada 2,107

  • Michael D Higgins has been inaugurated for a second term as the President of Ireland.

    In a ceremony last night at Dublin Castle, he again took up the seal of office to serve for another seven years.

    Michael D Higgins delivered what was a wide ranging speech in which he touched on a slew of issues he wants to look at in his second term of office.

    He also rebuked politicians for a lack of long term thinking on various issues, said democracy needs to be strengthened and we'll have to strengthen our relationship with the UK post Brexit.

    A speech in which Michael D Higgins talked about many issues, promising to create a REAL Republic during his second term in office.

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    Michael D Higgins says he appreciates the significance of the honour placed on him by the people of Ireland.

    Elected to an historic second term with more than 820,000 votes - the writer, poet and academic spoke passionately at Dublin Castle last night, about his plans for the next seven years.

    He said a real republic is a republic of responsibility, where every person is encouraged and supported, and treated with dignity and respect.

     

  • Michael D Higgins says the people of Ireland have been asking him since 2016 to serve a second term as President.

    He officially launched his campaign to seek a second term as President, in the grounds of the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough, Castlebar yesterday

    He was in Mayo for two official engagements, he visited Hope House Addiction Centre in Foxford who are celebrating their 25th year in existence and he launched  an exhibition called Travellers’ Journey in the Museum in Turlough.

    After that launch, the President held a press conference to announce a decision, that had been speculated on for some time, that he is to seek a second term in the office.

    President  Higgins said seven years ago he would only serve for one term, but yesterday when he was asked what had changed, he said that since 2016 the people of Ireland have been asking him to stand again.

    He now has four months remaining in his present term as President and has also made his intention known that he is seeking a second term. He’s not the only one expressing an interest in the job, so it’s highly likely there will be an election,  before that, an election campaign will have to take place. He insists he will keep both roles separate.

    It remains to be seen how he will achieve it. He launched his campaign to run again, at the end of an official Presidential visit to Mayo. He journeyed to Mayo using tax payers money and he left Turlough in a state car and with security. The line between his Presidential duties and his challenge for a second term in office appears thin.

     

  • President Michael D. Higgins is this evening to sign the warrant granting a posthumous pardon to Myles Joyce (Maolra Seoighe), who was hanged in the wrong, for the Mám Trasna murders on the Mayo/ Galway border, 136 years ago.

     The signing of the pardon foMyles Joyce gets underway at Áras an Uachtaráin, at 5pm.

    A TG4 drama-documentary highlighting the miscarriage of justice in his case,will air this evening on TG4.

      Murdair Mhám Trasna, a feature length film commissioned by TG4 and co-funded by the BAI, tells the story of the miscarriage of justice which ensued, after the brutal murder of five members of the same family in Mám Trasna in1882.

    The dram-documentary  will also have its television premiere this evening, at 9.30pm on TG4 and worldwide on the TG4 player.

  • President Michael D. Higgins  has confirmed this morning  that he will be offering himself as an independent candidate, when the Ministerial Order for a Presidential Election is made later in the year.

    The Government has been informed of this decision.

    The president is due in county Mayo this afternoon.

    He will be in the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough at 4pm  where he will officially open a new temporary exhibition entitled “Travellers’ Journey”.

     

  • President Michael D Higgins will be in Galway this Saturday to meet with relatives of a man who was wrongfully convicted and hanged for murder in 1882.

    The President will attend Mass in Galway Cathedral at 11am on Saturday morning, followed by a reception and presentation of pardon to a visiting American relative of Myles Joyce, who was one of ten men arrested and charged with the murder of five members of the Joyce family in Maamtrasna on the Galway / Mayo border in 1882.

    Joyce - also known as Maolra Seoige - was one of three men hanged for the offences, but it was later declared that he was wrongfully convicted.

    Earlier this year, President Higgins granted a posthomous pardon to Mr Joyce, and on Saturday, he will meet with American descendants of Myles Joyce in Galway.

    This was the first presidential pardon to be granted relating to an event dating back to before the foundation of the State.

  • President Michael D Higgins attended two engagements in Mayo this afternoon - on the same day as he confirmed his intention for run for a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin.

    His first stop was at Hope House in Foxford, the addiction treatment centre which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

    Speaking at Hope House, President Higgins outlined his concerns about alcohol and drug abuse and gambling - particularly the increase in on-line gambling, and the amount of advertisements for gambling websites that are broadcast during TV sports programmes.

    President Higgins travelled from Foxford to the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough, Castlebar this afternoon to open an exhibition entitled "Travellers Journey".

    The exhibition explores Traveller life and traditions in the West of Ireland, and has been co-curated with Traveller organisations in the West.

    President Higgins said the Traveller community is an essential and cherished part of the Irish nation.

    He said travellers comprise 0.7% of the Irish population, and retain a unique position in Ireland as a native but distinctly nomadic group.

    The President referred to the poor education levels within the Traveller community, and other challenges they face, but said last year's Government decision to formally recognise Irish Travellers as an indigenous ethnic community was a major step forward.

    The Travellers Journey Exhibition will be open from today until next May at the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough.

  • The street festival Beo kicks off in Dublin today.

    President Michael D Higgins will address the crowd gathered at the Irish language event on Merrion Square.

    There'll be games, street performers, a puppet show and workshops ranging from yoga to sean-nós dance.

  • The President's to hold his first Garden Party of the summer in Dublin today.

    The aim is to celebrate the work of people and organisations working to build a better Ireland for all.

    It'll be a 'Family Day' event at Aras an Uachtaráin, where President Michael D Higgins will open it up to families and children from all over Ireland.

    This year the President and Sabina will welcome over 4 thousand people from across the island to their residence in the Phoenix Park.

  • President Michael D Higgins will travel to Sligo on Friday for two engagements.

    At 2pm, the President will visit Mercy College Sligo and Aonad Loch Gile – Sligo’s secondary Gaelscoil at Mercy College.

    At 4pm, President Higgins is due in Ballisodare to perform the official naming ceremony of the ‘Martin Savage Bridge’ after the local 16-year old who took part in the 1916 Rising.

    Traffic restrictions will be in place in Ballisodare village during the proceedings.

     

     

    President Michael D Higgins will travel to Sligo on Friday for two engagements.

    At 2pm, the President will visit Mercy College Sligo and Aonad Loch Gile – Sligo’s secondary Gaelscoil at Mercy College.

    At 4pm, President Higgins is due in Ballisodare to perform the official naming ceremony of the ‘Martin Savage Bridge’ after the local 16-year old who took part in the 1916 Rising.

    Traffic restrictions will be in place in Ballisodare village during the proceedings.

     

  • The Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan confirmed yesterday that the Government has agreed to advise President Michael D. Higgins to exercise his constitutional right to grant a pardon to Maolra Seoighe, who was wrongfully convicted and hanged in relation to the infamous Mám Trasna Murders of 1882.

    This is the first time that a recommendation to award a Presidential Pardon relates to a case prior to the foundation of the State.

    In August 1882, Maolra Seoighe was one of ten men from the local area who was arrested and charged with the murders of five members of the same family in Mám Trasna, on the Galway/Mayo border.

    Seoighe/Joyce was one of three men hanged for the crimes.

    Shortly before their executions two of the men admitted separately that they themselves were guilty but that Joyce was innocent.

    This was deemed insufficient to postpone or revoke the execution and in December 1882, Joyce was hanged along with two others for the murders.

     The story has been highlighted in a TG4 film, Murdair Mhám Trasna (The Mam Trasna Murders), which is to be broadcast next Wednesday, 4th April at 9.30pm. The case is seen by experts as one of the most famous miscarriages of justice in British & Irish legal history.

    The timely film is produced by Galway based production company ROSG for TG4, with support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.