Martin Mansergh: Higgins deserves respect for his brave and laudable decision

The President would be put in a false position if his presence at the partition commemoration in Armagh were interpreted as a gesture of approval by the Irish state

Higgins told reporters that he wasn’t comfortable celebrating ‘the partitionof Ireland’. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The decade of centenary commemorations has thus far enjoyed much public support, input and participation. Given the obvious sensitivity of some of the more contentious events, some controversy was virtually inevitable. It has mostly arisen when, in the name of peace and reconciliation, the boat has been pushed out too far without the necessary public support.

There have been two examples of this before now. One was the hastily put together proposal to officially commemorate ...