Why Higgins interest in a second term is welcome news

President’s second term would cover anniversary of War of Independence and Civil War

President Michael D Higgins  at the Béal na Bláth commemoration in   2016. Speaking of the upcoming anniversaries, he said: “We will need to display courage and honesty as we seek to speak the truth of the period, and in recognising that, during the War of Independence, and particularly during the Civil War, no single side had the monopoly of either atrocity or virtue.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

President Michael D Higgins at the Béal na Bláth commemoration in 2016. Speaking of the upcoming anniversaries, he said: “We will need to display courage and honesty as we seek to speak the truth of the period, and in recognising that, during the War of Independence, and particularly during the Civil War, no single side had the monopoly of either atrocity or virtue.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It seems increasingly clear that, as with the electorate, most of our politicians would like to see President Michael D Higgins serve a second term from next November.

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll last October found that 64 per cent of voters said he should, 29 per cent said he should not, and 7 per cent didn’t know. Support was strong across supporters of all parties.

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