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 President Michael D Higgins at the beginning of the presidential inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle on Sunday. Photograph: Maxwells

A happy event. A bit like fitting the nation with replacement windows to keep out the draught for another seven years. On this occasion, all done und(...)

President Michael D Higgins: Will be uniquely qualified to commemorate the centenary of the Civil War in 2022. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

By coincidence President Michael D Higgins will be inaugurated on Armistice Sunday – 100 years to the day since the end of the first World War. The d(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD at the count centre for the presidential election & blasphemy referendum in the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has denied it was a mistake to hold a presidential election. Speaking after Michael D Higgins was re-elected Presi(...)

Businessman Gavin Duffy secured just over 2 per cent of the vote in the presidential election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gavin Duffy tried to take his wooden spoon finish the presidential election in good spirits, but the businessman may have lost more than just the chan(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The best that can be said of the presidential election is that it is over. A shallow, vacuous campaign that sputtered to a predictable conclusion with(...)

Speaking after the formal count in the election was completed, Joan Freeman praised “courage of the candidates”.

Candidates in the presidential election campaign were “scrutinised, criticised and sometimes brutalised”, according to Senator and presidential hopefu(...)

Presidential election candidates at the RTÉ Prime Time Presidential Debate; the final all-candidate TV debate of the campaign on Tuesday October  23rd. From left:  Joan Freeman; Liadh Ní Riada, Michael D Higgins, Sean Gallagher, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy. Photograph: Julien Behal

Michael D Higgins was re-elected President of Ireland with almost 56 per cent of the vote, enough to win the election on the first coun(...)

President incumbent Michael D Higgins received 77 per cent of the first preference ‘virtual votes’ in an Irish Times Abroad online poll of Irish people living overseas this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three in four Irish people living overseas who took part in an Irish Times Abroad online poll would have voted for Michael D Higgins, had they been ab(...)

Michael D Higgins is set to be easily re-elected President of Ireland when the votes are counted on Saturday, according an Ipsos MRBI exit poll for Th(...)

Siobhan Quill’s dog Buffy waits outside a polling station in Ireland. Photograph: Siobhan Quill/PA

The President could change in the coming days, but the tradition of Irish voters bringing their dogs to the polls seems to be going nowhere. The hash(...)

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