Launch of Book Written by Irish President at the Irish Embassy in London
Irish President famous for his strong support of improvement of Anglo-Irish relations launches his book at the Irish Embassy in LondonNovember 18th, 2016
On 14th October 2016, the Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, Daniel Mulhall, hosted the book launch at the Irish Embassy in London. The book, entitled ‘When Ideas Matter -Speeches for an Ethical Republic’, is a collection of speeches by Irish President Michael D. Higgins, who attended the event at the Embassy with his wife Sabina Higgins.
Last month, the Irish Embassy in London hosted the launch of a book written by Irish President Michael D. Higgins, who is also a sociologist, human rights activist, poet and the author. The book contains the President’s speeches and is entitled ‘When Ideas Matter-Speeches for an Ethical Republic’.
In his speeches, Mr. Higgins concentrates on finding out ways of building a republic which is both responsive to all citizens equally but which at the same time is responsive to all local and global challenges. Among the other themes discussed in the book have been human rights, active citizenry, women’s equality and the right to health.
Mr. Higgins became President of Ireland in November 2011, but also regularly contributes to numerous political and philosophical journals. The British national daily newspaper The Guardian has called Mr. Higgins “Ireland’s poet president”. Higgins is known for his challenging speeches, in witch he refers to numerous concepts such as “sustainable social economy”, “ethical and inclusive society” and many others from various fields of sociology, history and literature.
The Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, Daniel Mulhall, hosted the book launch and summarized the message of Higgins’s book in his welcome speech to the President and his wife. He said: “Through my own reading and reflection, I had, I think, come to a similar view of the overlapping complexities of our past, but the clarity of the President’s thoughts and the mint fresh manner of their expression definitely crystallized things for me and I have drawn inspiration from the President in my statements at commemorative events”.
The book publisher Neil Belton and a journalist and historian Dr Maurice Walsh also delivered speeches during the event.