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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(...)

Ryan Tubridy and Peter Casey during last Friday’s ‘Late Late Show’. Photograph: Screengrab/RTÉ

The runner-up in the recent presidential election, Peter Casey, has said he was “shocked” at his treatment during an interview on RTÉ’s The Late Late (...)

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(...)

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 candidate Liadh Ni Riada at the results centre for the presidential election in Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph:   Collins

The result of the election campaign cannot be easily talked away by Sinn Féin. Six per cent support for Liadh Ní Riada was a failure, no matter which (...)

Presidential candidate Peter Casey arriving at Dublin Castle on Saturday where the final results will be announced. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

If the stronger than expected vote for Peter Casey is a kick against the establishment, the political establishment seems pretty relaxed about it. To(...)

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 Michael D Higgins makes his victory speech afterhis re-election was announced at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The President Michael D Higgins has said that in re-electing him for a second term voters have chosen hope over “any exploitation of division or fear”(...)

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