Michael D. Higgins

Michael D. Higgins

His Excellency
Michael D. Higgins
 Michael D. Higgins
9th President of Ireland
Assumed office
11 November 2011
Preceded by Mary McAleese
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht
In office
15 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
Preceded by Bertie Ahern
Succeeded by Síle de Valera
In office
12 January 1993 – 17 November 1994
Preceded by John Wilson
Succeeded by Bertie Ahern
Teachta Dála
In office
17 February 1987 – 25 February 2011
Preceded by Fintan Coogan
Succeeded by Derek Nolan
In office
11 June 1981 – 24 November 1982
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Fintan Coogan
Constituency Galway West
In office
23 February 1983 – 3 April 1987
Constituency National University of Ireland
In office
1 June 1973 – 26 May 1977
Constituency Taoiseach’s nominee
Personal details
Born Michael Daniel Higgins
18 April 1941 (age 74)
Limerick, Ireland
Political party Independent,
Labour Party (1968–2011)
Spouse(s) Sabina Coyne
Children 4
Alma mater University College, Galway
Indiana University
University of Manchester


On November 11, 2011, Michael D. Higgins was elected as the ninth President of Ireland.

An energetic political voice, an artist and essayist, scholarly and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of comprehensive citizenship and champion of innovativeness inside of Irish society, Michael D. Higgins has beforehand served at each level of open life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

Michael D. Higgins was conceived on 18 April 1941 in Limerick city and was brought up in County Clare. He was an assembly line laborer and an assistant before turning into the first in his family to get to advanced education. Michael D. Higgins underwent his tertiary education  at the University College Galway, the University of Manchester and Indiana University.

Michael D. Higgins is hitched to Sabina Higgins, and they have four kids. Sabina Higgins went to the Stanislavsky Studio of acting in Dublin and was an establishing individual from the Focus Theater.

As a teacher in political science and human science in National University of Ireland, Galway, and in the United States, Michael D. Higgins was an enthusiastic advocate for the expansion of access to third level training past the dividers of set up Universities. He was halfway included in the advancement of additional painting learns at National University of Ireland, Galway, and he traversed the West of Ireland to give available night classes to intrigued subjects.


A craving to work all the more straightforwardly for fairness and equity drove Michael D. Higgins to enter open life and he went ahead to serve as an open agent at numerous levels from Councilor and Mayor to 9 years in the Seanad and 25 in Dáil Éireann.


As Ireland’s first Minister for the Arts in 1993-97, Michael D. Higgins’ accomplishments incorporated the reinvigoration of the Irish film industry, the foundation of Teilifís na Gaeilge, now TG4, and the annulment of oversight under Section 31 of the Broadcasting Acts. He additionally settled a rich system of neighborhood expressions and social venues which conveyed a critical access to natives crosswise over Ireland to these offices. In addition, he drove the revitalisation of Ireland’s channel system, bringing about more than 1,000 kilometers of safe conduits, supporting a great many occupations, and making riches in numerous rustic and monetarily denied zones of the State.

Michael D. Higgins has, in the same way as other in Ireland, seen eras of his family emigrate. He has a solid interest and solidarity with the Irish abroad and has been a consistent guest to Irish Centers in Britain.

For the duration of his life, Michael D. Higgins has crusaded for human rights and for the advancement of peace and majority rules system in Ireland and in numerous different parts of the world, from Nicaragua and Chile to Cambodia, Iraq and Somalia. In 1992, Michael D. Higgins was the first beneficiary of the Seán MacBride Peace Prize from the International Peace Bureau in Helsinki, in acknowledgment of his work for peace and equity in numerous parts of the world.

Michael D. Higgins is additionally an author and artist, adding to numerous books covering assorted parts of Irish governmental issues, humanism, history and society. He has distributed two accumulations of expositions — ‘Foundations for Concern — Irish Politics, Culture and Society’ and ‘Reestablishing the Republic’. Michael D. Higgins has likewise distributed four accumulations of verse — ‘The Betrayal; The Season of Fire; An Arid Season’ and ‘New and Selected Poems’.

Among alternate arrangements Michael D. Higgins has held are:

  • Individual from Dáil Éireann for a long time;
  • Individual from Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate) for a long time;
  • Ireland’s first Cabinet Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht 1993-97;
  • As Minister, he had direct obligation regarding the advancement of the Irish dialect and for the monetary and social improvement of Irish-talking ranges in the State;
  • Work Party Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs in the Irish Parliament and author individual from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs;
  • Ruler Mayor of Galway on two events;
  • Privileged Adjunct Professor at the Irish Center for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway;
  • Consistent editorialist f or the well known ‘Hot Press’ magazine over the period 1982—1992, amid which he connected with a youthful gathering of people in the social issues of the day.
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