Lucinda Creighton: Higgins’s railing on policy issues is as predictable as it is inappropriate

His narrow constitutional role has never stopped Michael D Higgins from championing a jaded and dangerous Marxist ideology and attacking Ireland’s open, liberal economic model

President Michael D Higgins: his remarks on the housing crisis have annoyed some observers. Picture: Maxwells

Railing against policy failures is always easier than prescribing solutions to complex challenges like housing provision or access to healthcare. Opposition politics has nourished itself on a diet of outrage and indignation for decades, if not centuries.

It is important for governments to be held to account, but also for opposition parties to eventually have their turn at proposing and implementing solutions. This is the essence of our parliamentary democracy – it shines a spotlight ...