Michael D Higgins

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Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. The contraceptive pill arrived in Ireland in 1963, however contraception was not legalised here until 1980 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Redemptorist “How many children have you?” asked The big Redemptorist. “Six, Father.” “The last, When was it born?” “Ten months ago.” “I cannot a(...)

 Candidates (from left) Peter Casey; Liadh Ni Riada; Gavin Duffy and Joan Freeman. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Is there a point in having a television presidential debate when the incumbent isn’t there? This is the philosophical question of the political age. (...)

 Candidates (from left) Peter Casey; Liadh Ní Riada; Gavin Duffy and Joan Freeman before last night’s debate. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada would wear a poppy to commemorate those who died in the first World War, the RTÉ Claire Byrne Live pre(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s campaign has asked opponent Seán Gallagher not to send letters regarding the election to Áras an Uachtaráin, “for obviou(...)

Presidential candidates Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Seán Gallagher, incumbent Michael D Higgins and Liadh Ní Riada in studio for a debate on RTÉ Radio 1 in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

It was a stolid start to the first presidential debate to feature all six candidates. Worthy concern was expressed about financial transparency of the(...)

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

Transparency around the spending in the Office of the President has been criticised by several candidates in the first presidential radio debate with (...)

Seán Gallagher and Martin McGuinness on RTÉ’s ‘Frontline’ during the 2011 presidential election campaign. Photograph: RTÉ

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher received €130,000 last year in a legal settlement arising from the RTÉ Frontline programme during the 2011 presi(...)

 President Michael D Higgins: said it would be a good idea to bring out an annual report on  Arás spending.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has criticised the “dark media” of social media discourse for “untruths” in relation to his presidency. Mr Higgins told N(...)

 Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher  and his wife Trish. Photograph:  Kinlan Photography

Seán Gallagher has dismissed suggestions that the Presidential campaign is essentially over, arguing voters will only begin to fully engage with it ov(...)

 Addressing the ‘Wheel’ members,  presidential hopeful Joan Freeman said she wanted to be a champion of all communities. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Pieta House founder Independent Senator Joan Freeman said she would “champion” older people and “nurture children” if elected president of Ireland. T(...)

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