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President Michael D. Higgins

3,000 attend first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Knock

The recording of the concert, presented by Liz Nolan, will be broadcast on Christmas Day at 1pm on RTÉ Lyric FM.

2017.11.28.

President attends Social Justice Ireland conference

“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

2017.11.23.

Mutual respect for all traditions at Remembrance Service in Dublin

“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.”

2017.11.14.

Sr Anne Griffin shortlisted for 2017 Dóchas Award

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.

2017.10.24.

No nukes is good nukes with the adoption of UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

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 world’s first legally-binding treaty

2017.09.22.

Concern’s Fr Jack Finucane C.S.Sp. dies suddenly

His work “leaves a real, positive, and enduring legacy for millions of people across the globe” – President Higgins.

2017.06.09.

NGOs sow seeds of hope at Bloom

“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.

2017.06.07.

Church leaders pray for Manchester bomb victims

“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.

2017.05.23.

Possible papal visit to Northern Ireland next year

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.

2017.05.23.

Coptic Pope visits Ireland

Crucial value of human rights, including the freedom of religion and the rights of prisoners, on agenda as Pope Tawadros II meets Irish President.

2017.05.19.

Honour McGuinness legacy by finishing his work

Former US President calls on people of Northern Ireland to finish the work of peace “so we can all have a future together”.

2017.03.24.

Derry’s ‘Captain Fantastic’ footballer laid to rest

“These crosses come to us unbidden and unwanted as occasions for deep and anguished faith,” priest tells congregation at funeral of Ryan McBride.

2017.03.24.

Death of Martin McGuinness announced

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.

2017.03.21.

St Patrick the migrant

Let us think about Patrick the ‘unlearned refugee’ (as he once described himself), the slave in exile, Patrick the undocumented migrant – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.03.17.

As Christians and Americans we should welcome refugees, says Nuncio

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.

2017.02.03.

Gangland violence must stop Archbishop warns

“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.”

2017.01.03.

Enjoy the gift of togetherness, says President

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.

2016.12.11.

President Higgins speaks out against xenophobia

“Racism and xenophobia are garnering electoral power in many countries” – President Higgins.

2016.11.23.

Mediterranean is a marine grave for many says President

Michael D. Higgins criticises European nations' failure to respond to their humanitarian obligations at Famine commemoration.

2016.09.13.

Bishop of Cork praises Peter Barry as man of “integrity and faith”

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.

2016.08.28.

President Higgins recalls sectarian attacks of civil war era

IRA killed 13 protestants in a series of attacks around the towns of Bandon, Clonakilty and Dunmanway in Co Cork in April 1922.

2016.08.24.

Tributes paid following death of much loved Derry bishop

“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.”

2016.08.09.

Presentation Sisters’ Clann Credo celebrates 20th anniversary

Social Investment Fund founded by Co Waterford nun in 1996 is one of the biggest providers of social finance in Europe.

2016.07.30.

GOAL garden highlighted Syrian war at Bloom

Irish landscape designer, Brian Burke, winner of last year's RTE 'SuperGarden' show created a garden representing Syria’s past, present and its future.

2016.06.08.

‘Turn promises into action for this generation’

At World Humanitarian Summit, President Higgins appeals to global community to act decisively on poverty, hunger, conflict, displacement and climate change.

2016.05.24.

Leonardo da Vinci’s St Anne in Dublin

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.

2016.05.11.

Sabina Higgins criticised over abortion comments

EveryLifeCounts responds to President's wife saying it is sad to see her “push abortion for babies like ours because of their severe disability”.

2016.05.10.

Genocide survivor is Global Citizen of the Year

Tributes to winner Colette Nkunda of Misean Cara for her contribution to development and sustainability.

2016.05.07.

Those who gave their lives for Irish freedom recalled

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.

2016.04.25.

RTE to broadcast 1916 Mass of Remembrance today

Arbour Hill Cemetery is the resting place for fourteen of the executed leaders of the Rising including Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and Major John McBride.

2016.04.24.
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