Michael D. Higgins
Michael D. Higgins
|9th President of Ireland|
11 November 2011
|Preceded by||Mary McAleese|
|Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht|
15 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
|Preceded by||Bertie Ahern|
|Succeeded by||Síle de Valera|
12 January 1993 – 17 November 1994
|Preceded by||John Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Bertie Ahern|
17 February 1987 – 25 February 2011
|Preceded by||Fintan Coogan|
|Succeeded by||Derek Nolan|
11 June 1981 – 24 November 1982
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Fintan Coogan|
23 February 1983 – 3 April 1987
|Constituency||National University of Ireland|
1 June 1973 – 26 May 1977
|Born||Michael Daniel Higgins
18 April 1941
Labour Party (1968–2011)
|Spouse(s)||Sabina Coyne (m. 1974)|
|Alma mater||University College, Galway
Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Manchester
Michael Daniel Higgins (born 18 April 1941) is the ninth and current President of Ireland. He took office on 11 November 2011. Higgins is an Irish politician, poet, sociologist, author and broadcaster. Higgins was Teachta Dála (TD) and a member of the Labour Party until he resigned after the presidential election. He was formerly a TD for the Galway West constituency and served as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht from 1993 to 1997.
Higgins was born on 18 April 1941 in Limerick, Ireland. He studied at University College, Galway, at Indiana University, Bloomington, and at the University of Manchester. Higgins has been married to Sabina Coyne since 1974. They have four children.
References[change | change source]
- "Michael D. Higgins elected President of Ireland". RTÉ News. 29 October 2011. http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1029/vote_tracker.html. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
- "Michael D. Higgins wins Irish presidential election". The Daily Telegraph (London). 31 May 2011. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ireland/8856598/Michael-D.-Higgins-wins-Irish-presidential-election.html. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
- O'Leary, Jennifer (28 October 2011). "Who is Michael D Higgins?". BBC News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15500225. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- "Higgins declared president elect with one million votes". The Irish Times. 29 October 2011. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1029/breaking2.html. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
- "Mr. Michael D. Higgins". Oireachtas Members Database. http://www.oireachtas.ie/members-hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=30&MemberID=517&ConstID=108. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Works written by or about Michael D. Higgins at Wikisource
- Biography at Áras an Uachtaráin website
- Documentary about Michael D. Higgins (family, career, and presidential campaign) on YouTube, TG4, 2011.
- Presidential election acceptance speech (RTÉ video in Irish and English)
- Presidential inauguration speech (Text)
- Audio recording of speech opening the G. B. Shaw: Back in Town conference, Dublin 2012
- Henry, William (2002). Role of Honour: The Mayors of Galway City 1485–2001. Galway: Galway City Council.