Michael D Higgins is inaugurated for his second term as President, at St Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dedicating himself to the building of “a real and beautiful Republic of inclusivity, creativity, imagination, love and indeed joy”, Michael D Higgins (...)

 Chief Justice Frank Clarke at the inauguration of Michael D Higgins for his second term as President, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Atheist Ireland on Sunday launched its “One Oath For All” campaign to enable conscientious atheists to hold the offices of President, judge, and Taois(...)

President Michael D Higgins is due to be inaugerated at midday on November 11th. Photograph: EPA

The inauguration of Michael D Higgins for his second term as President is to be delayed by six hours so that Government Ministers can attend events in(...)

A man looks at the results of the blasphemy referendum. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ireland is now a country of many parts. Reflecting on results of the last three referendums, it is clear that there is a strong mood among voters for (...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan

President Michael D Higgins says he will bring fresh ideas to his second term to help the country face challenges such as Brexit and climate change. (...)

Presidential candidates Gavin Duffy (third from left); Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada; Peter Casey; Sean Gallagher and Senator Joan Freeman pictured alongside Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates (at far left) on Virgin Media One’s The Tonight Show Presidential Election Special. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Sean Gallagher renewed his criticisms of what he described as President Michael D Higgins’s lack of transparency over Áras spending during Wednesday (...)

The candidates: Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Peter Casey, Sean Gallagher and President Michael D Higgins

MICHAEL D HIGGINS Age: 77 Position: President of Ireland since 2011 Party: Independent Public life: Formerly a Labour Party TD and Senator. Minister f(...)

A Pontifical Swiss Guard stands as Pope Francis arrives on the popemobile for a meeting with young people in Saint Peter’s square, Vatican City on  August 12th. File photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

The route the popemobile will take through Dublin city centre on Saturday has been revealed. Gardaí expect up to 100,000 people will try to get a gli(...)

President Michael D Higgins. The details of how he will declare his hand are still uncertain. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For months, President Michael D Higgins has kept his closest friends uncertain. They believed he would seek a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin. They (...)

GAA players sleeping-out at the GPO in Dublin on Saturday night. Photograph: Ruairí McKiernan Twitter account

Hundreds of GAA players from around the country and abroad participated in a sleep-out this weekend raising about €200,000 for homeless charities. O(...)

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