Michael D. Higgins Quotes.
I want to say to all of you that when I take my oath of office I will do my absolute best to use all of my abilities for all of the people of Ireland.
While the wider global environment is worrying, we are seeing some positive results in our economic affairs.
I love our shared island, our shared Ireland and its core decency. I love it for its imagination and its celebration of the endless possibilities for our people.
I hope that at the end of the seven years, people will say that I have been of some inspirational value to them at home in terms of inclusiveness and abroad, I look forward to representing Ireland.
The presidency is an independent office and the Irish people whom I appreciate so much and I take with such responsibility have given a very clear mandate on a very clear set of ideas to me, as the ninth president.
The necessary transformation of which I speak and of which my presidency will be a part is built on turning creative possibilities into live realities for all our people.
Making an Irishness to be proud of in a real Republic. It is the vision of a real Republic where life and language, where ideals and experience have the ring of authenticity which we need now as we go forward.
When I started out, people were afraid of parish priests. Now they’re afraid of newspaper editors.
I will be a President for all the people, whether they voted for me or not, whether they are young or old and particularly for the Irish abroad. I’m looking forward to it and I think it will be exciting and wonderful.
I think the important thing now is to have a celebration and then with determination move into our common, shared, different future.
I am very glad as well that it is a presidency built on a campaign that emphasized ideas. I hope it will be a presidency that will enable everybody to be part of and proud of.
Through the inspiration of Vaclav’s words, the courage of his dissidence and the integrity of his leadership, Czechoslovakia successfully transitioned from an authoritarian state to a free democracy at the heart of Europe.
I think even the poorest people in the great country that is the United States should be entitled to basic health care.
Every age, after all, must have its own aisling and dream of a better, kinder, happier, shared world.
I have encountered on this long road an enthusiasm for an Irishness which will be built on recognising again those sources from which spring the best of our reason and curiosity.
Be proud to be a decent American rather than a wanker whipping up fear.
The mandate I have received and for which I will speak with heart and head to implement over the next seven years had its four pillars – an inclusive citizenship, equality and participation and respect in a creative society creating an excellence in everything we Irish do.
I’m happy with the vote and the support. I’m very glad that it is so decisive. It will enable me to be a president for all of the people.