Hope for President's elegant vision

Renewing the Republic by Michael D Higgins. Liberties Press, €15. Reviewed by Jon Ihle.

4th March, 2012
Hope for President's elegant vision
President Michael D Higgins calls for a 'republic of equals'. Photo: Getty

When I was deciding whether to exercise my right to become a naturalised Irish citizen, I first set about trying to discover what it would mean to be admitted as a member of this republic. What, I wanted to know, was I signing up to? More importantly, what would I have to live up to?

An informal survey of family and acquaintances yielded a disappointing result: it didn't matter what the law said, I'd never...

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