“I can’t think of any better way of spending the next seven years,” Michael D Higgins answered when asked why he is running for President during a brief visit to Carrick-on-Shannon last week.
Instantly recognisable by sight and sound, Micahel D commands respect when he walks into a room. The Labour Presidential candidate stopped in Carrick briefly last Thursday, July 28 in between his journey from Longford to Boyle and onwards to Donegal.
Micahel D said he is delighted with the progress of his campaign. And so he should be, his name is appearing quite high up in early polls. He said the “public response is excellent.” Michael D noted the fact he is “well known” is certainly helping him. He said he is very happy that “a lot of young people know me.” He said he feels, “I will most favourable benefit on transfers” and he believes that this will be how the election will be won.
A statesman, poet, academic, writer and campaigner Michael D is well known at home and abroad. Having just recently published a book of poems, and continually writing papers Higgins is certainly not stuck for things to do. “I can’t think of any better way of spending the next seven years”, he stated. “I am standing because of my belief in the Irish people and in a real Republic based on equality of respect and the recognition of the dignity and participation of all citizens.” He said he wants to bring inspiration in what he described as “the worst of times.”
Upon taking office a President take the oath to: dedicate my abilities to the service and welfare of the people of Ireland - “these words are a powerful mandate, a great responsibility and a challenge that I willingly accept.”
So what does Michael D stand for? The epitome of Labour philosophy said he doesn’t need a slogan for his campaign. “Everyone knows what Michael D. stands for.” (D is for Daniel by the way!) He said he spent years fighting for rights of the family, for women, for equality and for a better society.
Higgins’ vision of the Presidency is based on four central ideas: Inclusive citizenship, The creative society, A real Republic and Ireland in the winder world.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.