President Higgins calls for protection of public space

He says State has moved away from supporting public parks and libraries

President Michael D Higgins says public cultural spaces are an important aspect of citizenship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins says public cultural spaces are an important aspect of citizenship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

 

President Michael D Higgins has appealed for recognition of the “cultural space” to facilitate true social inclusion.

He said a contraction in the role of the State from public life occurred in recent decades, reflected in cuts for public parks, libraries and music performances.

“We have to provide for these for citizenship, irrespective of contractions in the economy, and I think you are going to see that thinking come to the centre,” he said.

Mr Higgins was in Galway for the 75th anniversary of Our Lady’s Boys’ Club, which he called a model of community involvement in its use of public space and facilities.