Anyone who thinks that President Higgins is losing the run of himself by speaking out on controversial issues would do well to remember that outspoken presidents have been the norm rather than the exception for almost 30 years.
President Michael D. Higgins called for a “renewed sense of social solidarity” with society’s “most vulnerable” in his Christmas address — just days after signing into law abortion legislation that targets by far and away the most vulnerable members of our society: Our already-alive-and-kicking but as yet unborn fellow citizens.
President Michael D Higgins has used his inauguration speech to launch a thinly-veiled broadside at rival Peter Casey's divisive Traveller comments, insisting "a real Republic is where every person and community is treated with respect".
Not one presenter during radio and/or TV presidential election debates has thought to ask (particularly President Higgins) about their (his) religious beliefs, regarding the swearing of presidential oath of office on a holy book, while maintaining atheistic beliefs, and also being the guardian of Bunreacht na hÉireann, the Constitution, which has references to God and the Holy Trinity within its wording.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on the public to send "a very clear message" to Peter Casey in the imminent presidential election vote by rejecting his deeply "divisive" and "regrettable" views about the Travelling community.