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Michael D Higgins insists he is President of Ireland, refuses to commemorate partition



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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,915 ✭✭✭✭ astrofool

    I don't think anything "backfires" on the DUP, they fully expect a faceblast with every decision they make lately and their enjoyment of it only seems to go up the more they hurt themselves.

  • Registered Users Posts: 807 ✭✭✭ hawley

    He should have had the decency to discuss the matter with the heads of government. It's not his position to make political statements like this. People are excusing it because of their dislike of the DUP, especially in the wake of Brexit, but in reality he's way out of line with this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 468 ✭✭ PeaSea

    Not just that straightforward though is it ....

    "according to the Constitution of Ireland, the names of the Irish state are 'Ireland' (in English) and 'Éire' (in Irish).[1] From 1922 to 1937, its legal name was 'the Irish Free State'. The state has jurisdiction over almost five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The rest of the island is Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. Consequently, other formal and informal names have been (and are) used when it is necessary to distinguish between the territory of the state and the island as a whole. In 1948 it adopted the term Republic of Ireland as the 'official description of the state', without changing the constitutional names."

    <link to the Wikipedia page that I'm not allowed to insert>

    Note I'm not saying he's the President of the Republic of Ireland .... his title is President of Ireland and in that the DUP were incorrect. However he is not my President much as I would like him to be as I can't vote for him. It's complicated. I do think it's a trick missed though on the part of Ireland, but I also agree he is entirely free to make his own decision on it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 441 ✭✭ Butson

    Higgins is an absolute child.

    Millionaire socialist - the best kind.

  • Registered Users Posts: 565 ✭✭✭ noelfirl

    More than anything on this, it's his principled choice and at this point the spineless hand-wringing seen across the broadcast/written spectrum over the past few days about 'whether-or-not-he-should-go' needs to stop. Taking every opportunity to do overt kowtowing to a select group of whingy politicians from the North who are just engaged in dog-whistling is embarrassing beyond belief.

    And yes, their use of an incorrect form of his title in the invitation was a provocation, deliberate or otherwise.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,821 ✭✭✭ Shelga

    Putting aside what our constitution says- is he President of Northern Ireland? He clearly is not. So I would posit that the title of President of Ireland is kind of meaningless.

    On the other hand, partition was a stain in our history and has caused nothing but trouble. I don’t know what’s best here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,544 ✭✭✭✭ Supercell

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