At 75, the UN, for all its noble ambitions, remains rooted in great-power politics through the vetoes of permanent members of the Security Council. Photograph: Ludovic Marin / AFP  via Getty Images

Addressing an event to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary on Monday, President Higgins emphasised once again the UN’s centrality to Ireland’s foreign poli(...)

 President Michael D. Higgins: in general, legislation really doesn’t get through the Dáil and Seanad any quicker than two and a half months before being presented for the President’s signature.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I am due to retire when I reach 66 in August 2020. I have been told that if the new changes regarding the pension scheme are introduced next May, I wi(...)

President Michael D Higgins: Said remarks he had made at a military award ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin had been simply expressed and he believed a genuine will exists ‘to get it all fixed’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said that he does not have “huge concerns” about President Michael D Higgins’s support for better pay for members of the De(...)

The Criminal Law (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) Bill 2018 gives the State increased powers to investigate and prosecute crimes committed abroad by Irish citizens and residents. Photograph: iStock

President Higgins has signed the Criminal Law (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) Bill 2018 into law. The bill, introduced by Minister of State for Just(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May at Farmleigh in Dublin earlier this month. Photograph: Maxwells

Politicians and others in positions of responsibility should heed the wise words of President Higgins, who has cautioned all of those involved in the (...)

Work under way at the site of the World Meeting of Families Phoenix Park Mass with Pope Francis.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The ringing of bells usually indicates celebration, but bells also alert communities to imminent danger. When Pope Francis is welcomed by President Mi(...)

The big question now is whether President Higgins will face a contest for the highest office in the land or whether he will be returned unopposed as has happened at regular intervals in the past. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The formal announcement by President Michael D Higgins that he will seek a second term of office has confirmed the expectation held across the politic(...)

Whether or not there is a contest President Higgins should set out a clear vision of his ambitions for the next seven years. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennells

It looks increasingly likely President Michael D Higgins will seek another term of office. He is entitled to nominate himself and all the indications (...)

In Florence last week President Michael D Higgins spoke of the need to rediscover the fundamental EU value of solidarity to “give the lie to an idea that in its conception the European project was simply and exclusively about capital and markets.” Photograph: Claudio Giovannini/EPA

Developing policies that will re-energise the European Union and give concrete expression to the ideals of its founding fathers is one of the biggest (...)

President  Michael D Higgins. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA
A senseless downgrading

President Michael D Higgins is to be commended for expressing “deep and profound concern” that history will no longer be a core subject at Junior Cert(...)

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