Elaine Byrne: What is Michael D Higgins’s presidency for?

Elaine Byrne: What is Michael D Higgins’s presidency for?
Michael D Higgins addressing a business dinner in Milan. Picture: Fennells

Compared to his two predecessors, there appears to be little purpose Michael D's appointment

With four years of a seven-year term almost served, future historians are likely to struggle to identify what impact Michael D Higgins hasmade as President. No one is allowed say this out loud. Michael D, as he is affectionately known, is a nice man. His popularity is measured by his 1,007,104 votes received on the last count of the 2011 Presidential election, making him Ireland’s first ever ‘political millionaire’.

His raw passion, and absolute certainty in...

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