Watch: Michael D Higgins inaugurated as President of Ireland for second time

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Watch: Michael D Higgins inaugurated as President of Ireland for second time


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at a ceremony at Dublin Castle in which Michael D Higgins (centre) will be inaugurated as president for a second term Photo : Maxwells/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at a ceremony at Dublin Castle in which Michael D Higgins (centre) will be inaugurated as president for a second term Photo : Maxwells/PA Wire
Michael D Higgins at a ceremony at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire
Michael D Higgins at a ceremony at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire
Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are greeted by Simon Coveney (second right) and Paschal Donohoe (right) as Mr Higgins arrives at Dublin Castle to be inaugurated as president for a second term. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Michael D Higgins arriving at a ceremony at Dublin Castle in which he will be inaugurated as president for a second term. Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire
President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins departing Áras an Uachtaráin this evening (Sunday) to attend the inauguration ceremony in Dublin Castle
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina
President, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Dublin Castle as he was announced as the next President of Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

Michael D Higgins has officially been inaugurated as the President of Ireland for the second time.

Speaking at Dublin Castle this evening, Mr Higgins made the presidential declaration as he was sworn in for another seven years.

In his inauguration speech Mr Higgins spoke at length about the global problems facing Ireland including climate change and nationalism.

He praised young people in this country for rejecting “the undermining of democracy by xenophobia and hate”.



Michael D Higgins at a ceremony at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells/PA WireMichael D Higgins at a ceremony at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire

Michael D Higgins at a ceremony at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire

Mr Higgins said Ireland’s youth are “moving past models of insatiable consumption and are forging different paths to personal and collective fulfilment” and wanted real freedom that is inclusive.

“They have rejected cynicism, have chosen political engagement in the public world and have chosen to be agents of ethical change, to make the possibilities of hope a reality,” he said.

“For example, our young people are asking, why is there an escalation in competing military arsenals with all the abuse and misuse of human, scientific and technological capacity that is involved, capacities and resources that should be directed towards supporting society and sustainability?

“They see a future as defined by ethics, philosophy and creativity as the kind of future to which science and technology should be called to assist,” he told a select audience at Dublin Castle.



President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins after the Presidential Inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle today Photo: MaxwellsPresident Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins after the Presidential Inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle today Photo: Maxwells

President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins after the Presidential Inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle today Photo: Maxwells
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at a ceremony at Dublin Castle in which Michael D Higgins will be inaugurated as president for a second term. Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at a ceremony at Dublin Castle in which Michael D Higgins (centre) will be inaugurated as president for a second term Photo : Maxwells/PA Wire
Michael D Higgins at a ceremony at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire
Michael D Higgins at a ceremony at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire
Michael D Higgins arriving at a ceremony at Dublin Castle in which he will be inaugurated as president for a second term. Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire
President Michael D. Higgins after the Presidential Inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle today Photo: Maxwells
President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins after the Presidential Inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle today Photo: Maxwells
President Michael D. Higgins shakes hands with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. after the Presidential Inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells
Former President Mary Robinson with her husband, Nick, arrive for the inauguration of President Michael D. Higgins, at Dublin Castle. Photo: Maxwells
Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, TD, arrives for the inauguration of President Michael D. Higgins, at Dublin Castle. Photo: Maxwells
Alice-Mary Higgins arrives for the inauguration of her father, President Michael D. Higgins, at Dublin Castle. Photo: Maxwells
Peter & Helen Casey arrive for the inauguration of President Michael D. Higgins, at Dublin Castle. Photo: Maxwells
Liadh Ní Riada and her husband, Nicky Forde, arrive for the inauguration of President Michael D. Higgins, at Dublin Castle Photo: Maxwells
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, arrives for the inauguration of President Michael D. Higgins, at Dublin Castle. Photo: Maxwells
Tanaiste Simon Coveney pictured this evening at Dublin Castle Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Joan Freeman and her husband Pat pictured this evening at Dublin Castle, where President Michael D Higgins was inaugurated to his second term as President of Ireland Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Michael D Higgins Photo: Maxwells/PA Wire
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina
President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins departing Áras an Uachtaráin this evening (Sunday) to attend the inauguration ceremony in Dublin Castle

The President said he had received a “huge mandate” for his vision of Ireland.

But he warned that we cannot afford to be “complacent as to how we are living our lives and planning our future at local, national, European or global level. Inequalities are deepening and many of our people do not have the necessary securities of adequate housing, shelter, health, education, such securities and supports which would allow them to realise their rights and participate with equality”.



President, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Dublin Castle as he was announced as the next President of Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers / INMPresident, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Dublin Castle as he was announced as the next President of Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

President, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Dublin Castle as he was announced as the next President of Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

Mr Higgins said “ideas matter” and history tells us that “anti-intellectualism has been, and remains, the weapons of authoritarian and anti-democratic forces in so many parts of our shared, vulnerable planet”.

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The President said Ireland is facing many challenges “which go beyond borders, require cooperation at global level but affect, and can be affected, by the lives of every person in every local place”.

“Not only is the very existence of our planet in its bio-diversity threatened but we have not yet slowed the pace of that destruction.

“We live with ongoing violence against women which must be ended. We must confront and challenge any excuses offered for the denial of the irreducible rights, of women who make up, let us not forget, a majority of humanity on this planet.

“It is important that we recognize the rights and culture of indigenous peoples. It is also important that each person is free to express their sexuality, gender or relationship,” Mr Higgins said.

Among those in attendance at the event in Dublin Castle were the defeated presidential candidates, including Peter Casey who finished second in last month’s election.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and several ministers represented the Government.

During his contribution, Mr Varadkar attempted to inject some humour into the formal ceremony.

While acknowledging the President’s wife Sabina, and children Alice Mary, Michael, John and Daniel, the Taoiseach added people should also think of those who couldn’t make the inauguration.

“For example, Bród and Síoda – who have nonetheless contributed greatly to life in Áras an Uachtaráin,” Mr Varadkar said.

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