“Now more than ever, the compassion, empathy and generosity of spirit, so characteristic of our people in our best moments, are displayed by our awardees here today” President Michael D Higgins
“There has been a period when the state has retreated, or been ideologically pushed to retreat, or redefine its role, the citizen’s social opportunity to fully participate or flourish, as many social philosophers would put it, has been diminished.” President Higgins
“I think John McCrea would be horrified to think that this symbol could become a symbol of division, or national identity, or even a fashion statement. It is quite simply a symbol of memorial, of the grim reality of the terrible loss of life.”
Irish missionary has accompanied the community of El Mozote in El Salvador in seeking justice and redress over a 1981 massacre in which 1,000 people were tortured and murdered, including 400 children, by state military forces.
The adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been warmly welcomed by Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins.
In a statement coinciding with the opening up of the treaty for signature by the heads of national governments around the world, President Higgins hailed it as ‘the [...]
“As the world continues to urbanise, therefore, and as cities continue to grow into mega cities, it is clear that much of the drive towards reversing the consequences of climate change must come from cities, as well as the sustainability which must permeate farming and agriculture” – President Michael D. Higgins.
“We must all commit ourselves to working together, in every way, to help the victims and their families and to build and strengthen our community solidarity” – Bishop John Arnold of Salford.
Migration, the European project, climate change, poverty and the effects of globalisation on families were the focus of “cordial discussions” between Pope Francis and President Michael D. Higgins.
Martin McGuinness “made an immense contribution to sustaining peace by reaching out a hand of friendship and reconciliation and being prepared to model alternatives to dispute and division” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Christians had a duty to accept refugees with compassion and acceptance, he said, citing Pope Francis, who had urged Catholics to accept refugees in their countries.
“Violence only leads to retaliation and further grief” and those who resort to violence are left in an insecurity in which “they know no sophisticated modern security systems can really protect them or their loved ones.”
When we light the Christmas tree in Áras an Uachtaráin, we remember the bereaved who are finding this Christmas difficult; we remember those on the edge, the marginalised in our society, our homeless people, and those who are worried about keeping a roof over their families’ heads.
Former Tánaiste's "pivotal role in negotiating the Anglo Irish Agreement helped to create the foundations on which the peace process in Northern Ireland was built," says Taoiseach.
“Bishop Edward was an iconic figure in the civic and Church life of Ireland, north and south. He truly lived and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ and, in doing so, became a role model for all of us.”
At World Humanitarian Summit, President Higgins appeals to global community to act decisively on poverty, hunger, conflict, displacement and climate change.
The Head of St Anne drawing in the Dublin exhibition is linked to the artist’s painting the Madonna and Child with St Anne and a lamb, which is now in the Louvre in Paris.
We must never betray the ideals which inspired those who took part in the Rising or let them be watered down through cynicism or mediocrity: Archbishop.