‘I’m not commenting on anyone else’s experience except my own’

Incumbent President Michael D Higgins feels his long service in political and public life will be an advantage in his second bid for the Áras

7th October, 2018
President Michael D Higgins: ‘Experience simply counts’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Michael D Higgins is the first sitting president since Éamon de Valera to run for a contested second term. So, recently, there has been a rare mix of official end-of-term appointments – such as a speech on civil rights in Derry yesterday – and campaign events with the slogan ‘A President For Us All’.

When I meet him at his campaign office in Dublin, he says he is like a “gobadán” -...

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