When Ideas Matter, Speeches for an Ethical Republic by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
In a series of remarkable and urgent speeches, which are anything but the bland commentaries of a ceremonial head of state, Michael D. Higgins has urged his fellow citizens to consider what makes the good life.
The President of Ireland since 2011, when he was elected by a final tally of almost 57% of the votes, Michael D. Higgins has used his time in office to setout a vision of what he calls ‘an ethical Republic’.
He has asked how human rights, an active and empowered citizenry, women’s equality and the right to health and a life free of corrosive anxiety might be achieved. He has highlighted the plight of refugees. He has criticized the ways in which work is becoming dehumanized, in a process that treats people as mere means to the creation of a more efficient market society.
This book collects some of Higgins’ most striking and thoughtful interventions in a great variety of settings, from workplaces and universities to the glittering environs of Windsor Castle, where he was the first Irish president to be welcomed by a British monarch.