Gilmore pays tribute to Higgins

Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 01:00

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said tonight he was very happy Michael D Higgins would be elected as the ninth president of Ireland.

Speaking in Dublin Castle this evening, Mr Gilmore said the election result was a great tribute to a man who had given his entire life to public life and who had done so much to make people feel part of Irish society, so much on human rights and so much internationally.

He said Mr Higgins had run “a great campaign” which was positive, which had set out his vision for the presidency and how he saw the future of the country. He had not engaged in any negative campaigning, and was consistent in this throughout the whole campaign.

Mr Higgins had also won considerable support beyond the traditional support of the Labour Party.

The Tánaiste said it appeared that Labour voters had come out in large numbers to vote for Mr Higgins and he paid tribute to the party's organisation, to its staff, members and director of elections Joe Costello who had “worked so hard”.

He added: “It's a great day for Michael D Higgins, for [his wife] Sabina and for their family.”

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