Michael D Higgins

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Schools across Ireland are being encouraged to sow Lumper potatoes this spring to commemorate the Irish Famine.

Schools across Ireland are being encouraged to sow Lumper potatoes this spring as a way of commemorating those who died during the Famine of the 1840s(...)

 Over 3,000 people took part in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sun was the biggest star at Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade due to its unexpected appearance. Forecasters had threatened parade-goers with rain (...)

President Higgins and his wife Sabina sign a book of condolence at the Pro Cathedral for victims of the New Zealand shootings. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

President Michael D Higgins attended a service for the victims of the recent New Zealand terror shooting, in Dublin city centre on Sunday morning. Th(...)

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, said Irish politicians and media  ignored Islamophobic rhetoric  when espoused by online activists, and this was “hugely problematic”. File photograph: Alan Betson

A leading Muslim cleric has called for legislation banning commentary that “dehumanises” his community or appears to justify the murder of Muslims. (...)

 Donald Trump shakes hands with Leo Varadkar: a visit to Ireland by Mr Trump would be a political, security and logistical nightmare for the Government. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP

The Government has not been notified of a visit to Ireland later this year by US president Donald Trump, a Government spokesman said, but officials as(...)

 EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the Ireland V France Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Rugby supporters heading into the Aviva Stadium had mixed feelings about the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attending the Ireland-France (...)

Members of activist group Extinction Rebellion Ireland carry a ‘coffin for humanity’ through Dublin city centre. Photograph:   Tom Honan

A few hundred protesters braved Sunday’s wind and rain to take to the streets of Dublin and mark World Wildlife Day by holding a solemn funeral proces(...)

Barriers to justice damage the very fabric of society, “entrenching and exacerbating inequality”, President Michael D Higgins said this week at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

An effective legal system is a basic tenet of a functioning democracy, but no legal system can be effective unless every citizen has access to it. Tha(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the official opening of  Flac’s new head office in Dublin, which coincides with its 50th anniversary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins has said it is not acceptable that in a State which claims to be a democracy the “most vulnerable section of our society i(...)

Simon Coveney at the publication of no-deal Brexit legislation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A disorderly Brexit would be a “lose, lose, lose” for the UK, the EU and Ireland, Tánaiste Simon Coveney warned as he published emergency legislation (...)

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