Thursday July 9, 2020

The presidency is not above politics

Both Michael D Higgins and his office are fair game for criticism

1st February, 2015
Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina: our President can withstand a few loutish insultsPicture: Getty

The Irish presidency was demeaned last week. But not by a handful of thuggish protestors.

The lead protestor, Derek Byrne, doesn’t need me to call him an ass. And our President doesn’t need me to protect him.

Among his many idiosyncratic achievements, Michael D Higgins is an honorary Saharawi, a status gained when he crossed the desert and minefields to climb the Moroccan wall that forcibly separates the Saharawi people from...

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